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“The Fundamental Work...”

The fundamental work on the history & current practices of international relations, by noted diplomat & political scientist Kissinger who peppers the narrative with fascinating anecdotes.
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A brilliant, sweeping history of diplomacy that includes personal stories from the noted former Secretary of State, including his stunning reopening of relations with China.

The seminal work on foreign policy and the art of diplomacy.

Moving from a sweeping overview of history to blow-by-blow accounts of his negotiations with world leaders, Henry Kissinger describes how the art of diplomacy has created the world in which we live, and how America’s approach to foreign affairs has always differed vastly from that of other nations.

Brilliant, controversial, and profoundly incisive, Diplomacy stands as the culmination of a lifetime of diplomatic service and scholarship. It is vital reading for anyone concerned with the forces that have shaped our world today and will impact upon it tomorrow.

Topics: Diplomacy, American Foreign Policy, American History, Presidents, War, Informative, Realism, and Essays

Published: Simon & Schuster on
ISBN: 9781439126318
List price: $16.99
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With all of the controversy that still surrounds Kissinger's policies, that book makes me think he should have been a fine historian. Lucid and invigorating analysis of complex international relations issues.more
A very informative and well-researched book, Diplomacy can get tedious at times. This is why I only recommend this to those who are really interested in the topic. Otherwise, you might be tempted to skip chapters just to finish reading this bookmore
I will not say which highly placed government official called this book a sleeper, and unless you're an international relations freak, this is exactly the book you need guaranteed to do in a few minutes what a nice cup of tea (and a sleeping pill) before bed will. That is, if you like to sleep with this tome on your nightstand.But since I am an international relations freak, I found this book extremely informative with enough subject matter for one of those um, dinner conversations where you're too polite to throw cutleries at each other when you don't agree on things but deliver your opinions with knife precision anyway. And should there be someone unfortunate enough to enter my bedroom unannounced, this book with its dimension and weight also makes for good self defense material. ´nuff said.more
Masterpiece. Truly impressive, though of course biased by Kissingers personal views. Should be on the pillow of every statesman. A huge argument for the compulsory teaching of International Relations History to anyone concerned with the "res publica".more
This is a hefty book so it took me a long time to read but Henry Kissinger was extremely thorough in his research and details. There is a large amount of information in this book, and it covers diplomacy worldwide, not just American diplomacy, which I liked. It could get a little dry from time to time but I'm glad I waded through the book.If you are interested in international relations and diplomacy, then this would be an excellent book for you. Just be prepared for it to take a long time to get through.more
An interesting reference. An even better cure for insomnia.more
I think the previous reviewer really was off the mark. Examining Diplomacy as a moral treatise in international foreign policy is much like speedreading through Immanuel Kant. You're missing the point.Diplomacy examines the evolution of international foreign policy, mainly from the balance-of-power perspective, starting with the Vienna Congress and analyzing its "Pax Europa" that it established up until the First World War. Then it examines, critiques, and analyzes 20th century foreign policy in the United States, with discussions of World War II, Potsdam, Korea, and of course Vietnam. Personally I strongly urge people to skip the Vietnam chapters, as they're so glossed over with omissions because of his criminal liability in certain parts of the globe as to make them fairly bland. If you want a good commentary on power politics and realist foreign policy to either critique or understand realist policy, here it is. If, like Haelius you love Carter-era/U.N. foreign policy methodology and think any other method is morally analogous to fellating Shaitan, you will probably hate this book.more
Probably the worst book I've started to read on diplomacy; a complete waste of paper. He is so far from reality, in so many areas, that I quit reading the book and only skimmed through the rest of it. I cannot understand anyone entrusting the fate of a nation to someone holding these ideas/ideals. Having lived in many states (of the USA), several other countries, and in speaking with numerous friends from around the globe, my personal opinion is: this man's extrememly distorted view of reality can only be relied upon to be a clear picture of what will NOT work.more
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beware of books by jews like this one.more
With all of the controversy that still surrounds Kissinger's policies, that book makes me think he should have been a fine historian. Lucid and invigorating analysis of complex international relations issues.more
A very informative and well-researched book, Diplomacy can get tedious at times. This is why I only recommend this to those who are really interested in the topic. Otherwise, you might be tempted to skip chapters just to finish reading this bookmore
I will not say which highly placed government official called this book a sleeper, and unless you're an international relations freak, this is exactly the book you need guaranteed to do in a few minutes what a nice cup of tea (and a sleeping pill) before bed will. That is, if you like to sleep with this tome on your nightstand.But since I am an international relations freak, I found this book extremely informative with enough subject matter for one of those um, dinner conversations where you're too polite to throw cutleries at each other when you don't agree on things but deliver your opinions with knife precision anyway. And should there be someone unfortunate enough to enter my bedroom unannounced, this book with its dimension and weight also makes for good self defense material. ´nuff said.more
Masterpiece. Truly impressive, though of course biased by Kissingers personal views. Should be on the pillow of every statesman. A huge argument for the compulsory teaching of International Relations History to anyone concerned with the "res publica".more
This is a hefty book so it took me a long time to read but Henry Kissinger was extremely thorough in his research and details. There is a large amount of information in this book, and it covers diplomacy worldwide, not just American diplomacy, which I liked. It could get a little dry from time to time but I'm glad I waded through the book.If you are interested in international relations and diplomacy, then this would be an excellent book for you. Just be prepared for it to take a long time to get through.more
An interesting reference. An even better cure for insomnia.more
I think the previous reviewer really was off the mark. Examining Diplomacy as a moral treatise in international foreign policy is much like speedreading through Immanuel Kant. You're missing the point.Diplomacy examines the evolution of international foreign policy, mainly from the balance-of-power perspective, starting with the Vienna Congress and analyzing its "Pax Europa" that it established up until the First World War. Then it examines, critiques, and analyzes 20th century foreign policy in the United States, with discussions of World War II, Potsdam, Korea, and of course Vietnam. Personally I strongly urge people to skip the Vietnam chapters, as they're so glossed over with omissions because of his criminal liability in certain parts of the globe as to make them fairly bland. If you want a good commentary on power politics and realist foreign policy to either critique or understand realist policy, here it is. If, like Haelius you love Carter-era/U.N. foreign policy methodology and think any other method is morally analogous to fellating Shaitan, you will probably hate this book.more
Probably the worst book I've started to read on diplomacy; a complete waste of paper. He is so far from reality, in so many areas, that I quit reading the book and only skimmed through the rest of it. I cannot understand anyone entrusting the fate of a nation to someone holding these ideas/ideals. Having lived in many states (of the USA), several other countries, and in speaking with numerous friends from around the globe, my personal opinion is: this man's extrememly distorted view of reality can only be relied upon to be a clear picture of what will NOT work.more
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