Diplomacy

Diplomacy

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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 TIMES
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Product details

  • Paperback | 912 pages
  • 156 x 235 x 42mm | 1,145g
  • POCKET BOOKS
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • illustrations facsim., maps
  • 0671510991
  • 9780671510992
  • 10,453

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
INDEX
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Review Text

Michiko Kakutani The New York Times An elegantly written study of Western diplomacy....Shrewd, often vexing, and consistently absorbing.
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Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. This rich and absorbing work is both a brilliant study of the international crises that have shaped the modern world and a provocative meditation on the American style in foreign affairs. Walter Laqueur Chairman, International Research Council, Center for Strategic and International Studies The most important work on diplomacy for thirty years. George P. Shultz This is a great book....Brilliant in its analysis and masterly in its sweep. 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. Michiko Kakutani The New York Times An elegantly written study of Western diplomacy....Shrewd, often vexing, and consistently absorbing.
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About Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger was the fifty-sixth Secretary of State. Born in Germany, Dr. Kissinger came to the United States in 1938 and was naturalized a US citizen in 1943. He served in the US Army and attended Harvard University, where he later became a member of the faculty. Among the awards he has received are the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Medal of Liberty. Dr. Kissinger is currently Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm.
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