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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press (Sept. 9 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594206147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594206146
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.4 x 24.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hillary Clinton, The Washington Post:
“It is vintage Kissinger, with his singular combination of breadth and acuity along with his knack for connecting headlines to trend lines — very long trend lines in this case. He ranges from the Peace of Westphalia to the pace of microprocessing, from Sun Tzu to Talleyrand to Twitter... A real national dialogue is the only way we’re going to rebuild a political consensus to take on the perils and the promise of the 21st century. Henry Kissinger’s book makes a compelling case for why we have to do it and how we can succeed.”

Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Henry Kissinger’s new book, World Order, could not be more timely...  the book puts the problems of today’s world and America’s role in that increasingly interconnected and increasingly riven world into useful — and often illuminating — context... Mr. Kissinger, now 91, strides briskly from century to century, continent to continent, examining the alliances and divisions that have defined Europe over the centuries, the fallout from the disintegration of nation-states like Syria and Iraq, and China’s developing relationship with the rest of Asia and the West. At its best, his writing functions like a powerful zoom lens, opening out to give us a panoramic appreciation of larger historical trends and patterns, then zeroing in on small details and anecdotes that vividly illustrate his theories."

The Financial Times
“Kissinger’s conclusion deserves to be read and understood by all candidates ahead of the 2016 presidential election. World order depends on it.”

John Micklethwait, The New York Times Book Review

“If you think America is doing just fine, then skip ahead to the poetry reviews.  If, however, you worry about a globe spinning out of control, then World Order is for you.  It brings together history, geography, modern politics and no small amount of passion.  Yes, passion, for this is a cri de Coeur, from a famous skeptic, a warning to future generations from an old man steeped in the past... it is a book that every member of Congress should be locked in a room with--and forced to read before taking the oath of office."

James Traub, The Wall Street Journal
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Recent years have not been kind to those who believe in America's missionary role abroad. Since the terrorist attacks of 2001 upended our sense of the world, the United States has been governed by a conservative idealist who tried to impose American values on the Middle East, and failed calamitously, and a liberal idealist who invited America's adversaries to re-engage with us on the basis of a new humility and mutual respect, and found his hopes dashed. It is, in short, a moment for Henry Kissinger... The fact that he has written yet another book, the succinctly titled World Order, is impressive in itself. What is more remarkable is that it effectively carries on his campaign to undermine the romantic pieties of left and right that have shaped so much of American foreign policy over the past century. Mr. Kissinger bids fair to outlast many of the people who hate him and make others forget why they hated him in the first place."

Walter Isaacson, Time
“Kissinger’s book takes us on a dazzling and instructive global tour of the quest for order….The key to Kissinger’s foreign policy realism, and the theme at the heart of his magisterial new book, is that such humility is important not just for people but also for nations, even the U.S. Making progress toward a world order based on “individual dignity and participatory governance” is a lofty ideal, he notes. “But progress toward it will need to be sustained through a series of intermediate stages.”

The Los Angeles Times
"Kissinger's geopolitical analysis of our global challenges is compelling... Mark Twain, who was known more for his sense of humor than his diplomatic skills, once said, "History does not repeat itself. But it rhymes." Kissinger's advice is not nearly as glib, but much more valuable to a country that right now seems to want the rest of the world to just go away."

Jacob Heilbrunn, The National Interest:
"Kissinger… demonstrates why he remains such a courted adviser to American presidents and foreign leaders alike…. [World Order is] a guide for the perplexed, a manifesto for reordering America’s approach to the rest of the globe. Kissinger’s vision could help to shape a more tranquil era than the one that has emerged so far.”

Kirkus Reviews:
"An astute analysis that illuminates many of today's critical international issues."

About the Author

HENRY KISSINGER served as National Security Advisor and then Secretary of State under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and has advised many other American presidents on foreign policy. He received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Medal of Liberty, among other awards. He is the author of numerous books on foreign policy and diplomacy and is currently the chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm.

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Really interesting and topical subject. I find that Kissinger writes in a stream of conscience style, and his sentences tend to run on. The vocabulary is very polysyllabic, and I admit I have had to look up a word or two.

What really is important and interesting about the book is each chapter is a study of opposites or interacting concepts and how they apply to the current global environment. For instance, order and freedom and their synergies are explored early in the book. Definitely a book for those trying to make sense of the world from a macro perspective. I am really enjoying the read.
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Henry Kissinger is the most insiteful world thinker of our time. Where do we find more like him? The world would be a different place, instead of the bungling foreign policies that we live with today. If only people had his knowledge and thinking today. This is one of the most thoughtful and thought provoking books of our time.
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I have read most of Henry Kissinger's previously published books and reviewed several of them. In my opinion, his latest -- World Power -- is the most valuable thus far because it addresses a challenge that the human race faces in months and years to come, one that it has never faced before: the possibility of total global chaos.

Consider these observations by Kissinger in the Introduction: "No truly global 'world power' has ever existed. What passes for order in our time was devised in Western Europe nearly four centuries ago, at a peace conference in the German region of Westphalia, conducted without the involvement or even the awareness of most other continents or civilizations." Without a global world power, obviously, there can be no world order.

The title of my review refers to a number of compelling questions and the first one posed in the Introduction is a whopper: "Are we facing a period in which forces beyond the constraints of any order determine the future?" Here are some others to which Kissinger also responds:

o What is the relevance of the Westphalian System to world order? So what?
o To what extent has Islamism threatened world order throughout the last 1,000 years?
o To what extent does Islamism (or at least radical Islamism) threaten world order today?
o What can be learned from the relationship between the U.S. and Iran during the last 50 years?
o What is the relevance of Asian multiplicity to world order?
0 What are the various stages of development of the U.S. foreign policies with regard to world order since Theodore Roosevelt became president in 1901?
o Insofar as world order is concerned, what valuable lessons can be learned from the Cold War?
o Are nuclear military power and world order incompatible?
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While I had high hopes for this book, ultimately I found this book a bit disappointing. Having read many of Kissinger’s earlier works including sections of his three-volume memoirs, I have come to appreciate his incisive wit and intellect over the years. However, this book started off with great promise but fell short on delivery. Having begun with a presentation on competing concepts of world order (Westphalian, Confucian, Islamic), I thought the book would then follow with a survey of key issues and how competing world order concepts might be at play, but instead most of the book is an impressionistic tour of recent events and relations between great powers lacking in any real structure and focus. I am not sure I even agree that many conflicts are over different concepts of world order as Dr Kissinger claims versus disagreements over individual elements of the established world order (i.e. borders, trade rules, distribution of wealth). The real threat to world order comes from outside the sovereign state system -- i.e. nonstate actors like al-Qaeda and impersonal forces like globalization. If you want to read a book that is akin to sitting in a cafe listening to Dr Kissinger ruminate for a few hours, then this book is for you. If however you a looking for a book with the level of rigour that characterized Dr Kissinger's earlier works then you might be disappointed.
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Very scholarly and completely up to date on world affairs with wise advice that every politician should bear in mind.
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A must read! Incredibly informative and a great read
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