Kissinger's Ghost and the Gaza Strip

As conflict flares in the Gaza Strip, I begin to wonder if the tenuous Middle East framework hashed out by Henry Kissinger isn't about to become undone.

After heralding it several times, I finally had a chance to read a book on Kissinger by my former professor, Jeremi Suri.

If you're interested in modern American foreign affairs, I recommend the book as a helpful insight into the broad trends and major developments from the 1950s through the 1970s.

While the book focuses on Kissinger as a figure - especially on the unique role of his Jewish heritage in shaping his own rise to and exercise of power - the book also helps to set the scene for the ensuing decades of Middle East conflict and diplomacy.