Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of World Order by Henry Kissinger, read by Nicholas Hormann.
World Order is the summation of Henry Kissinger's thinking about history, strategy and statecraft. As if taking a perspective from far above the globe, it examines the great tectonic plates of history and the motivations of nations, explaining the attitudes that states and empires have taken to the rest of the world from the formation of Europe to our own times.
Kissinger identifies four great 'world orders' in history - the European, Islamic, Chinese and American. Islamic states have looked to their destined expansion over regions populated by unbelievers, a position exemplified today by Iran under the ayatollahs. For over 2,000 years, the Chinese have seen 'all under heaven' as being tributary to the Chinese Emperor. America views itself as a 'city on a hill', a beacon to the world, whose values have universal validity.
How have these attitudes evolved, and how have they shaped the histories of their nations, their regions, and the rest of the world? What has happened when they have come into contact with each other? How have they balanced legitimacy and power at different times? What is the condition of each in our contemporary world, and how are they shaping relations between states now?
To answer these questions, Henry Kissinger draws upon a lifetime's historical study and unmatched experience as a world statesman. His account is shot through with observations about how historical change takes place, how some leaders shape their times and others fail to do so, and how far states can stray from the ideas which define them.
World Order is a masterpiece of narrative, analysis and portraits of great historical actors that only Henry Kissinger could have written.
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It gives you an idea about how the actual world is formed viewing its story in the different developed orders. And it helps you to understand how can the future be achieved to obtain equilibrium
great reading... good voice ...great story, amazingly educative book. offcourse it presents everything from an idealistic point of view, but it gives one the opportunity to have a better understanding on how the world works and how the great military powers are playing it.
"Kissinger's views on world order."
I could not agree with eveything Kissinger said. It was still an interesting to listen to the idea of someone who shape US foreign policy.
"Exceptional history of the modern state system."
If you've ever wondered what defines a country and why do we feel nationalistic pride this book will guide you through the events in modern history which has led us to where we are today.
I found the last few chapters a bit too American centric, but as the book well descriptions the last century has mostly been defined by the American view of world order.
"Solid book to understand today's world"
Kissinger has authored a solid work that centers around Westphalian principles to explain the foundations of today's world order, while contrasting those principles with the cultural and philosophical elements from other regions and countries outside the Western world.
It would have been a better book had he not engaged in active propaganda about the United States and raised it's principles above those of other nations. In that sense I believe he lacked objectivity, hence my 3 stars. I guess as former Secretary of State he would never criticize his own country.
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