Niall Ferguson, Professor of History at Harvard University and one of the most renowned historians of this age, has returned to the John Adams Institute to discuss part one of his long-awaited biography of Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State and foreign policy chief for Presidents Nixon and Ford.
Kissinger is widely regarded as one of the greatest strategic thinkers America has ever produced, but also a controversial statesman – criticized by some for disreputable or even criminal actions. In Kissinger: The Idealist, Niall Ferguson sheds a dazzling new light on an entire era. Drawing not only on Kissinger’s private papers but also on documents from more than a hundred archives around the world, Ferguson argues that the true foundation of Kissinger’s thought is philosophical idealism—combined with history itself.
Niall Ferguson is the bestselling author of several books on international and economic history and has written and presented three highly successful television documentary series for British television. He is married to Dutch-American politician and author Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Moderator: Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal
In collaboration with: Hollands Diep publishers, HAFF, American Embassy The Hague, AEGON, CSC Netherlands
Special thanks to the Andaz Hotel.
Watch Niall Ferguson’s 2011 Ted Talk