Bernstein memoir brings back dreams of being Brenda Starr

My March 15, 2022 book culture column for the San Francisco Chronicle:

In 1972, Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci published an interview with Henry Kissinger, the architect of Richard Nixon’s foreign policy, in which Kissinger described himself as “the cowboy who leads the wagon train by riding ahead alone on his horse.” Kissinger later described that interview, which reportedly displeased his boss, as “the most disastrous decision” of his career. It put Fallaci on the map as one of the world’s most respected political journalists.

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