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Review: World Order

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com

Henry Kissinger offers in WORLD ORDER a deep meditation on the roots of international harmony and global disorder. Drawing on his experience as one of the foremost statesmen of the modern era advising presidents, traveling the world, observing and shaping the central foreign policy events of recent decades Kissinger now reveals his analysis of the ultimate challenge for the 21st century: how to ... Read full review

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I had never read a Henry Kissinger book before, but now I understand why he is considered one of the great experts on world diplomacy. The first few chapters make clear he's taking a very thorough and methodical approach to explaining the history of diplomacy and the concept of "world order". The book is as much as a history lesson as a work designed to enlighten readers as to the various mechanisms that drive diplomacy. The book can be tedious at times. However, after the first few chapters, I found myself settling into the cadence of Kissinger's presentation of global regional history. The book is long on analysis, and seems to suggest diplomacy is generally carried out, and rewarded, in incremental terms, even when those increments are set in motion by revolutionary change. If you are looking for a forecast as to the direction the world might head today, there's some interesting perspective in the book. But the book stands out more for it's view of historical diplomacy and the lessons that can be learned from it. 

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