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'Kissinger's absorbing book tackles head-on some of the toughest questions of our time ...Its pages sparkle with insight' Simon Schama in the NEW YORKER Spanning more than three centuries, from Cardinal Richelieu to the fragility of the 'New World Order', DIPLOMACY is the now-classic history of international relations by the former Secretary of State and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Kissinger's intimate portraits of world leaders, many from personal experience, provide the reader with a unique insight into what really goes on -- and why -- behind the closed doors of the corridors of power. 'Budding diplomats and politicians should read it as avidly as their predecessors read Machiavelli' Douglas Hurd in the DAILY TELEGRAPH 'If you want to pay someone a compliment, give them Henry Kissinger's DIPLOMACY ...It is certainly one of the best, and most enjoyable [books] on international relations past and present ...DIPLOMACY should be read for the sheer historical sweep, the characterisations, the story-telling, the ability to look at large parts of the world as a whole' Malcolm Rutherford in the FINANCIAL TIMESshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 912 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 44mm | 1,161.19g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprinted edition
  • illustrations facsim., maps
  • 0671510991
  • 9780671510992
  • 13,241

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Simon Schama The New Yorker Kissinger's absorbing book tackles head-on some of the toughest questions of our time....Its pages sparkle with insight.show more

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Michiko Kakutani The New York Times An elegantly written study of Western diplomacy....Shrewd, often vexing, and consistently absorbing.show more

Table of contents

CONTENTS 1 The New World Order 2 The Hinge: Theodore Roosevelt or Woodrow Wilson 3 From Universality to Equilibrium: Richelieu, William of Orange, and Pitt 4 The Concert of Europe: Great Britain, Austria, and Russia 5 Two Revolutionaries: Napoleon III and Bismarck 6 Realpolitik Turns on Itself 7 A Political Doomsday Machine: European Diplomacy Before the First World War 8 Into the Vortex: The Military Doomsday Machine 9 The New Face of Diplomacy: Wilson and the Treaty of Versailles 10 The Dilemmas of the Victors 11 Stresemann and the Re-emergence of the Vanquished 12 The End of Illusion: Hitler and the Destruction of Versailles 13 Stalin's Bazaar 14 The Nazi-Soviet Pact 15 America Re-enters the Arena: Franklin Delano Roosevelt 16 Three Approaches to Peace: Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill in World War II 17 The Beginning of the Cold War 18 The Success and the Pain of Containment 19 The Dilemma of Containment: The Korean War 20 Negotiating with the Communists: Adenauer, Churchill, and Eisenhower 21 Leapfrogging Containment: The Suez Crisis 22 Hungary: Upheaval in the Empire 23 Khrushchev's Ultimatum: The Berlin Crisis 1958-63 24 Concepts of Western Unity: Macmillan, de Gaulle, Eisenhower, and Kennedy 25 Vietnam: Entry into the Morass; Truman and Eisenhower 26 Vietnam: On the Road to Despair; Kennedy and Johnson 27 Vietnam: The Extrication; Nixon 28 Foreign Policy as Geopolitics: Nixon's Triangular Diplomacy 29 Detente and Its Discontents 30 The End of the Cold War: Reagan and Gorbachev 31 The New World Order Reconsidered NOTES ACKNOWLEDGMENTS INDEXshow more