Book of the Month – May 2017

Our May Book of the Month is Kissinger and the Invasion of Cyprus: Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean by William Mallinson.

Can Henry Kissinger be described as a serious statesman who altered the course of relations between states? Or was he a shallow impersonator of those whom he admired, and a geopolitical engineer who treated people as collateral fodder, reducing morality to the status of a strategic and tactical tool?

Using the story of Kissinger’s behaviour over Cyprus, backed up by recently revealed government documents, many critical, William Mallinson, former diplomat and leading authority on Cyprus’ history, provides an incisive analysis and evaluation of Kissinger’s approach, revealing a man who appears to have considered political strategy more important than law and ethics.

To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page.


We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMMAY17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st May 2017.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:


“With a wealth of diplomatic experience and scholarly depth, William Mallinson offers readers a fascinating account of Henry Kissinger’s neglected and typically unscrupulous role in shaping a pro-Turkish geopolitical outcome to the Cyprus conflict that reached crisis levels back in 1974.”

—Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law, Princeton University


“William Mallinson does a great job by combining a thorough analysis of one of the most influential and controversial figures in international relations during the Cold War era with masterful research of the geopolitical turmoil in the Eastern Mediterranean. Through the lens of battling interests in one of the most politically and historically complicated regions in Europe, and even the world, Dr Mallinson goes deeper than just another sketch on the history of international relations; he digs into behavioural attitudes of grand strategists, making us wonder what are objective truths in global politics, how decisions are made and decision-makers are chosen, and whether any place is left for the conventional understanding of diplomacy.”

—Pavel Kanevskiy, Professor of Political Science; Associate Dean, Faculty of Sociology, Lomonosov Moscow State University


“It will have to be read by all those interested in either Kissinger’s reputation or the details of how the Cyprus crisis of 1974 was resolved.”

—Alan Sked, Emeritus Professor of International History, London School of Economics and Political Science


“William Mallinson has produced an excellently written and documented book that provides us with never-before-published information on the intricacies concerning the Cyprus question, particularly during the period before, during and after the invasion of the island by Turkey in 1974. The role of the UK and of the USA on Cyprus is well defined and the manipulation of historical facts by Henry Kissinger is proven by juxtaposing official documents with Kissinger’s writings and explanations. Mallinson’s book is an important contribution to the history of that period, but is also relevant to understanding today’s decision-making processes in international relations.”

—Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos, Ambassador of Greece ad honorem


“Nothing and nobody can escape Mallinson’s courageous and detailed research on the Eastern Mediterranean. He tears away the politically correct agenda surrounding Cyprus and Kissinger. The book is a marvellous indictment of Kissinger’s cheerleaders and their humbug on Cyprus. I should tell them: read it, if you dare!”

—Professor Vassilis K. Fouskas, University of East London; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies

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