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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 a must-listen for anyone concerned with the forces that have shaped our world today and will impact upon it tomorrow.

©1994 Henry A. Kissinger (P)2019 Tantor

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Great foreign policy overview!

I really liked the structure of the book, how the author presents the diplomatic concepts using historical overview.

A must-read for everyone interested in making sense of what’s going on in the world.

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A walk though diplomatic history with an expert

Mr. Kissinger walks the reader through centuries of history connecting events and perspectives along the way. His expert eye to key elements of diplomatic perspectives and pursuits allows insight into our current diplomatic challenges. The writing is superb. His voice and opinion is heard only infrequently, and only rarely self-congratulatory, but relevant when they are realized. He is non-partisan throughout this long, detailed book; often pointing out mistakes and miscalculations of his own as well as others. The book is written with continuous, rigorous attention to details in light of the current events of the time and the personalities involved. Totally worth the investment in time. Bravo, Mr. Kissinger.

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Challenging but worth it

Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand foreign policy and history. Difficult though.

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Must!

Future politicians can learn a lot from this bright individual. You want a crash course on foreign affairs this is a must.

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Essential

We Americans are famous all over the three world for our failure to read or understand history. If we had a good grasp of historic events and leaders, Kissinger could have focused on the policies and strategic underpinnings of treaties and wars. He does not. I don't claim a better grasp of history than any other American who did not major in history. For me, it is a great history book. It is an even better book about WHY history is SO IMPORTANT. There is enough history to understand the people, cultures, and events that shaped key events which in turn define us as Nations, Peoples, Countries, and Allies. This alone would have made a great book but here it is only provided as a backdrop to understand the strategic, moral, and popular sentiments that move leaders to various treaties, alliances, and finally war.
Don't vote in another American Presidential Election without reading this book! Our survival, as well as our friends and Allies, may depend on it. I think you will be humbled by the historical grasp and the critical thinking.

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Outstanding

While I'm familiar to varying degrees with many topics the author covered, hearing Mr. Kissinger tie together so many individual events into a broader context is new to me. His presentation is logical, coherent, educational, engaging, and extremely compelling. Listening to one chapter made me want to listen to the next chapter. Kudos to the author for his insights, and thanks to the author for his many years of service to this nation.

The narrator did a great job reading this book and was very engaging. Nothing boring here and well worth the cost of this book