Secretary of State, National Security Advisor, penetrating strategist, Noble laureate, author of nearly twenty books, Henry Kissinger has been one of the most consequential global figures of the post-war era. For more than five decades, he counseled virtually every American president, and political leaders the world over. Perhaps no one understands why statesmanship matters more than Dr. Kissinger, who has worked intimately with so many leaders of consequence. In this intimate conversation with Jewish Leadership Conference Co-Chairman, Roger Hertog, Dr. Kissinger looks at leadership under the pressures of war. Taking us inside the moments of decision during Israel’s Yom Kippur War of 1973, Mr. Hertog and Dr. Kissinger discuss U.S. President Richard Nixon, Israeli premier Golda Meir, and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to help us think about the essence of modern leadership.
Henry Kissinger served as the fifty-sixth Secretary of State of the United States from 1973 to 1977. He also served as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs from January 20, 1969, until November 3, 1975. At present, Dr. Kissinger is Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm. He is also a member of the International Council of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.; a Counselor to and Trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; an Honorary Governor of the Foreign Policy Association; and an Honor Member of the International Olympic Committee. Dr. Kissinger was awarded a Bronze Star from the U.S. Army in 1945; the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973; the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977; and the Medal of Liberty in 1986. The author of over a dozen books, he has also published numerous articles on United States foreign policy, international affairs, and diplomatic history.