The collection covers many serious policy matters, like Vietnam strategy, but includes a few calls memorable because they are so bizarre.
In April 1971, Mr. Kissinger accepted a call from the beat poet Allen Ginsberg, who hoped to arrange a meeting between top Nixon administration officials and antiwar activists.
“Perhaps you don’t know how to get out of the war,” Ginsberg ventured.
Mr. Kissinger said he was open to a meeting. “I like to do this,” he said, “not just for the enlightenment of the people I talk to, but to at least give me a feel of what concerned people think.”
Then Ginsberg upped the ante. “It would be even more useful if we could do it naked on television,” he said.
Mr. Kissinger’s reply is transcribed simply as “Laughter.”The Kissinger Telephone Conversation Transcripts