Uncertain Greatness (Magill's Literary Annual 1978)
Robert Morris worked successively as an aide to Dean Acheson during the NATO crisis of 1966, as a Foreign Service Officer on the Executive Secretariat of the Secretary of State, as a special assistant of McGeorge Bundy during the Mideast War of 1967, and as a staff member of the National Security Council under President Johnson in 1967-1968. He served on the National Security Council staff under Henry Kissinger from 1969 to May, 1970, when he resigned because of his opposition to the invasion of Cambodia. For the past two years he has been a contributing editor to The New Republic, where his profiles of Carter administration appointees in foreign affairs have provoked wide comment and occasional outrage.
Uncertain Greatness is not a biography of Henry Kissinger but an evaluation of his performance as President Nixon’s Assistant for National Security and later as Secretary of State. It is a monumental task because Henry Kissinger dominated American foreign policy through some of the most turbulent years in our history. Any evaluation must include an understanding of his theory toward diplomacy and foreign affairs and his relationships with the foreign policy bureaucracy, President Nixon, his staff members, the press, and Congress.
Kissinger had written a number of books about diplomacy, foreign affairs, and international relations prior to joining the Nixon administration. In these books he set out the broad general theories...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1978)
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