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Niall Ferguson’s Critics Should Read His Book

Harry Gelber’s review (December 2015) of the first volume of Niall Ferguson’s biography of Henry Kissinger—Kissinger 1923–1968: The Idealist—strikes the right note in describing it as “the first half of what may yet turn out to be his masterpiece”. There is no question that Ferguson is poised to deliver something special in the second volume, which, he informs me, will take at least another three years. Even this first volume is a most impressive piece of work. Yet Ferguson’s critics on the Left refuse to give him any credit, not because of what he has written but because of what he…

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