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Henry Kissinger, Former Secretary of State, Dead at 100

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Henry Kissinger, Former Secretary of State, Dead at 100

Henry Kissinger, Former Secretary of State, Dead at 100

Henry Kissinger, , Former Secretary of State, , Dead at 100.

Kissinger died on Nov.

29 at his home in Connecticut, NBC News reports.

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Born in Germany in 1923, Kissinger and his family came to America to escape the Nazis in 1938.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1943, becoming an interpreter and intelligence officer during World War II.

Kissinger went on to receive his PhD from Harvard and taught international relations for nearly two decades.

He was appointed national security adviser in 1969 by President Richard Nixon.

Kissinger went on to serve as secretary of state for both Nixon and Gerald Ford.

He is credited with normalizing relations with China, easing tensions with the Soviet Union, negotiating to end the Vietnam War and more.

Later in his career, Kissinger regularly consulted other American presidents from both political parties, in addition to foreign leaders.

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He also wrote 21 books about foreign policy.

Throughout his life, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Medal of Liberty.

However, Kissinger's tactics to reshape national security were often polarizing, and many of his critics saw him as a war criminal.

His bombing campaign in Cambodia amid the Vietnam War, his participation in helping Augusto Pinochet overthrow Chilean President Salvador Allende and more have garnered immense criticism.

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His bombing campaign in Cambodia amid the Vietnam War, his participation in helping Augusto Pinochet overthrow Chilean President Salvador Allende and more have garnered immense criticism.

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Sen.

Bernie Sanders once described Kissinger as "one of the most destructive secretaries of state in the modern history of this country," NBC News reports.

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Sen.

Bernie Sanders once described Kissinger as "one of the most destructive secretaries of state in the modern history of this country," NBC News reports.

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Kissinger is survived by his wife and two children


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