Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policyn, by Roger Morris (Harper & Row, $10.95). Morris was once a Kissinger aide, one of three who quit the staff in 1970 in protest over the U.S. invasion of Cambodia. As might be expected from this perspective, Kissinger is portrayed here as an egotistical cynical, tyrannical and callous man who is nonetheless far and away the intellectual superior of those who preceded him, surrounded him and late succeeded him in the Carter administration. The book combines an interesting discussion of Vietnam war policy with descriptions of power plays in the White House basement and reflections on the character of the secretary himself.
THE INEQUALITY OF NATIONS, by Robert W. Tucker (Basic Books, $10.95). This compact but persuasive book argues the controversial thesis that the distinction between the "have" and "have-not" nations should not greatly be changed. Tucker sets out to debunk the "new political sensibility" which calls for redistribution of resources in favor of Third World countries, and finds little real basis for Western guilt over the plight of the poorer nations. Deeply pessimistic, the book questions whether a new world order based on more equally shared wealth would actually be a superior order, or merely different.