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The Blood Telegram

Nixon, Kissinger, And A Forgotten Genocide

By Gary Jonathan Bass, 1969-

A riveting history—the first full account—of the involvement of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger in the 1971 atrocities in Bangladesh that led to war between India and Pakistan, shaped the fate of Asia, and left in their wake a host of major strategic consequences for the world today.

Giving an astonishing inside view of how the White House really works in a crisis, The Blood Telegram is an unprecedented chronicle of a pivotal but little-known chapter of the Cold War. Gary J. Bass shows how Nixon and Kissinger supported Pakistan’s military dictatorship as it brutally quashed the results of a historic free election. The Pakistani army launched a crackdown on what was then East Pakistan (today an independent Bangladesh), killing hundreds of thousands of people and sending ten million refugees fleeing to India—one of the worst humanitarian crises of the twentieth century.

Nixon and Kissinger, unswayed by detailed warnings of genocide from American diplomats witnessing the bloodshed, stood behind Pakistan’s military rulers. Driven not just by Cold War realpolitik but by a bitter personal dislike of India and its leader Indira Gandhi, Nixon and Kissinger actively helped the Pakistani government even as it careened toward a devastating war against India. They silenced American officials who dared to speak up, secretly encouraged China to mass troops on the Indian border, and illegally supplied weapons to the Pakistani military—an overlooked scandal that presages Watergate.

Drawing on previously unheard White House tapes, recently declassified documents, and extensive interviews with White House staffers and Indian military leaders, The Blood Telegram tells this thrilling, shadowy story in full. Bringing us into the drama of a crisis exploding into war, Bass follows reporters, consuls, and guerrilla warriors on the ground—from the desperate refugee camps to the most secretive conversations in the Oval Office.

Bass makes clear how the United States’ embrace of the military dictatorship in Islamabad would mold Asia’s destiny for decades, and confronts for the first time Nixon and Kissinger’s hidden role in a tragedy that was far bloodier than Bosnia. This is a revelatory, compulsively readable work of politics, personalities, military confrontation, and Cold War brinksmanship. 

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Format: Book
Author: Bass, Gary Jonathan, 1969-
Summary: A full-length account of the involvement of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger in Pakistan's brutal 1970s military dictatorship argues that they encouraged China's military presence in India, illegally supplied weapons used in massacres and embraced military strategies that have negatively impacted geopolitics for decades. By the author of Freedom's Battle.
Title: The Blood telegram : Nixon, Kissinger, and a forgotten genocide / Gary J. Bass.
Publisher Date: New York : Alfred A Knopf, 2013.
Subject: Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994 Kissinger, Henry, 1923- Genocide -- Bangladesh. United States -- Foreign relations -- 1969-1974 Bangladesh -- History -- Revolution, 1971 -- Atrocities. United States -- Foreign relations -- South Asia. South Asia -- Foreign relations -- United States.
Isbn: 9780307700209 (hbk.) 0307700208 (hbk.)
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Format: Book
Author: Bass, Gary Jonathan, 1969-
Summary: A full-length account of the involvement of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger in Pakistan's brutal 1970s military dictatorship argues that they encouraged China's military presence in India, illegally supplied weapons used in massacres and embraced military strategies that have negatively impacted geopolitics for decades. By the author of Freedom's Battle.
Title: The Blood telegram : Nixon, Kissinger, and a forgotten genocide / Gary J. Bass.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Alfred A Knopf, 2013.
Description: xxiv, 499 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Subjects: Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
Subjects: Kissinger, Henry, 1923-
Subjects: Genocide -- Bangladesh.
Subjects: United States -- Foreign relations -- 1969-1974
Subjects: Bangladesh -- History -- Revolution, 1971 -- Atrocities.
Subjects: United States -- Foreign relations -- South Asia.
Subjects: South Asia -- Foreign relations -- United States.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages [347]-478) and index.
Contents: South Asia, 1971 -- The tilt -- Cyclone Pakistan -- Mrs. Gandhi -- "Mute and horrified witnesses" -- The Blood telegram -- The inferno next door -- "Don't squeeze Yahya" -- Exodus -- India alone -- The China channel -- The East is Red -- The Mukti Bahini -- "The hell with the damn Congress" -- Soviet friends -- Kennedy -- "We really slobbered over the old witch" -- The guns of November -- The fourteen-day war -- "I consider this our Rhineland" -- Aftermaths.
LCCN: 2013014788
ISBN: 9780307700209 (hbk.)
ISBN: 0307700208 (hbk.)
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Call Number: 327.73054 Bas