Henry Kissinger has died at age 100, his consulting firm said in a statement on Wednesday. Until the bitter end, Henry Kissinger was one of the trusted few in the tight circle of a distrusting President Richard Nixon. Kissinger, a former US secretary of state and national security adviser, escaped Nazi Germany in his youth and went on to become one of the most influential figures in American diplomacy.
Henry A. Kissinger, the scholar-turned-diplomat who engineered the United States' opening to China, negotiated its exit from Vietnam, and played a key role in shaping American foreign policy, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 100. Known for his sagacious diplomatic skills, Kissinger earned a reputation as a skilled negotiator and strategist during his time in office.
Born in Germany, Kissinger fled Nazi persecution as a child and eventually settled in the United States. He became a naturalized citizen and embarked on a remarkable career that would see him rise to the highest echelons of power. Kissinger served as the US secretary of state from 1973 to 1977, advising President Nixon and later President Gerald Ford on matters of national security and international relations.