Henry Kissinger
Living Person
Nationality: United States (born in Germany)
Date of Birth: 1923
Religion: Judaism
Occupation: Politician, Diplomat, Educator, Author of Non-Fiction, Businessman
Spouse: Ann Fleischer (divorced 1964),
Nancy Maginnes
Children: Elizabeth, David
Military Branch: United States Army (World War II)
Political Party: Republican Party
Political Office: U.S. Secretary of State
Turtledove Appearances:
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Homeward Bound
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference (as "The Doctor")
Date of Death: 2031[?]
Cause of Death: Heart failure
Military Branch: U.S. Army (Race Invasion of Tosev 3)
Political Office(s): Ambassador to the Race

Henry Alfred Kissinger (born Heinz Alfred Kissinger on May 27, 1923) is a German-born American bureaucrat, diplomat, and 1973 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. He served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford administrations. He is best known for opening negotiations with Chou En-Lai to pave the way for the opening of diplomatic relations between the US and the People's Republic of China, as well as for receiving Nixon's letter of resignation as President of the United States.

Since leaving office, Kissinger has worked as a consultant, has given writing and speaking engagements, has taught at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and has been a special foreign policy adviser to several American presidents and presidential candidates. In 2002, he briefly chaired a special committee to investigate the September 11 attacks, but stepped down at the end of that year rather than make public the client list of Kissinger Associates.

Henry Kissinger in Worldwar

"The Doctor" (1923-2031[?]) was chosen as the American ambassador to Home. Before this, he'd been the US ambassador to the Race on Earth.

When the Admiral Peary arrived in Home's orbit, medical staff attempted to revive The Doctor from cold sleep, but his heart had stopped and they were unable to restart it. Concluding that the a technology might someday be developed to revive him, they put The Doctor back into cold sleep.

In The Doctor's absence, the Race requested that Sam Yeager serve in his place.[1]

Literary Note

Though not identified by name, "The Doctor" is described well enough to leave virtually no room for doubt about Kissinger's identity.

In the early chapters of Homeward Bound, characters briefly discuss the possibility of reviving The Doctor at a later date. This option was not raised in the novel's later chapters, where there was no further talk of reviving The Doctor.


  1. Homeward Bound, pgs. 79-82.
Political offices
Preceded by
William P. Rogers
Secretary of State of the United States
Succeeded by
Cyrus Vance
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Cabot Lodge
United States Ambassador to the Race on Earth
c. 1970-?
Succeeded by