The subtitle is 1923-1968: The Idealist, and the author is Niall Ferguson. This is really an impressive book and we all should be envious that we did not write it ourselves.
Here is one line from Kissinger, cited by Ferguson:
“Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.”
Over at NYT Andrew Roberts very much likes the book and basically calls it a masterpiece. Some people are all aflutter over this supposed Greg Grandin Gawker “take down,” but in fact both the book and the review are superb and I am glad the Times stood by it. Definitely recommended, this is one of the year’s musts. I know you are all mature enough not to let your opinions on Ferguson’s politics interfere with your assessment of this work.