Diplomacy

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Simon and Schuster, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 912 pages
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In this controversial and monumental book - arguably his most important - Henry Kissinger illuminates just what diplomacy is. Moving from a sweeping overview of his own interpretation of history to personal accounts of his negotiations with world leaders, Kissinger describes the ways in which the art of diplomacy and the balance of power have created the world we live in, and shows how Americans, protected by the size and isolation of their country, as well as by their own idealism and mistrust of the Old World, have sought to conduct a unique kind of foreign policy based on the way they wanted the world to be, as opposed to the way it really is. Spanning more than three centuries of history, from Cardinal Richelieu, the father of the modern state system, to the "New World Order" in which we live, Kissinger demonstrates how modern diplomacy emerged from the trials and experiences of the balance of power of warfare and peacemaking, and why America, sometimes to its peril, refused to learn its lessons. His intimate portraits of world leaders, including de Gaulle, Nixon, Chou En-lai, Mao Tse-tung, Reagan, and Gorbachev, based on personal experience and knowledge, provide the reader with a rare window on diplomacy at the summit, together with a wealth of detailed and original observations on the secret negotiations, great events, and the art of statesmanship that have shaped our lives in the decades before, during and since Henry Kissinger was himself at the center of things. Analyzing the differences in the national styles of diplomacy, Kissinger shows how various societies produce special ways of conducting foreign policy, and how Americans, from the very beginning, sought a distinctiveforeign policy based on idealism. He illustrates his points with his own insights and with examples from his own experience, as well as with candid accounts of his breakthrough diplomatic initiatives as Nixon's foreign policy partner. Informed by deep historical knowledge, wit, a
  

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Kissinger's prose is exquisite. - Goodreads
The style of writing however is quite ambiguous. - Goodreads
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It was a great change of pace to read Kissinger's descriptions of more recent history, since most of the books I read are from the Revolutionary War until the Civil War. Kissinger explains the Vietnam ... Read full review

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User Review  - Judy - Goodreads

Dense, deep, enlightening; 800+ pages was worth every bit of commitment. Kissinger was a master of his craft, and he knew it. The art of international diplomacy well told. Read full review

Contents

The New World Order
17
Theodore Roosevelt or Woodrow Wilson
29
Richelieu William of Orange and Pitt
56
Great Britain Austria and Russia
78
Napoleon HI and Bismarck
103
Realpolitik Turns on Itself
137
European Diplomacy Before the First World War
168
The Military Doomsday Machine
201
The Success and the Pain of Containment
446
The Korean War
473
Adenauer Churchill and Eisenhower
493
The Suez Crisis
522
Upheaval in the Empire
550
The Berlin Crisis 195863
568
Macmillan de Gaulle Eisenhower
594
Entry into the Morass Truman and Eisenhower
620

Wilson and the Treaty of Versailles
218
The Dilemmas of the Victors
246
Stresemann and the Reemergence of the Vanquished
266
Hitler and the Destruction of Versailles
288
Stalins Bazaar
332
The NaziSoviet Pact
350
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
369
Roosevelt Stalin and Churchill in World War II
394
The Beginning of the Cold War
423
On the Road to Despair Kennedy and Johnson
643
The Extrication Nixon
674
Nixons Triangular
703
Detente and Its Discontents
733
Reagan and Gorbachev
762
The New World Order Reconsidered
804
NOTES
837
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
873
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About the author (1994)

Henry A. Kissinger has served as National Security Adviser and as Secretary of State and has received the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Medal of Liberty, among other awards. A former professor at Harvard and the author of many books, he lives in New York City.

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