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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  5,984 ratings  ·  627 reviews
Henry Kissinger offers in World Order a deep meditation on the roots of international harmony and global disorder. Drawing on his experience as one of the foremost statesmen of the modern era—advising presidents, traveling the world, observing and shaping the central foreign policy events of recent decades—Kissinger now reveals his analysis of the ultimate challenge for th ...more
Hardcover, 420 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Penguin Press
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Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love him or hate him, Kissinger is a giant in international relations. I thoroughly enjoyed this book in the audio format. Kissinger centers on Europe and later America, but he includes the Chinese, Iran, and Islam in general. There can be little doubt on where the father of American Realism stands on history and the issues. Westphalia was perhaps the greatest milestone in Western history. Unlike China, which viewed itself as the center of the world, or Islam, which fought for homogenized societ ...more
Chris Ziesler
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, non-fiction
I approached this book with a little trepidation.

My two previous experiences with Kissinger's earlier books were: Diplomacy, which I found pithy, insightful and very enlightening; and his three volume memoirs which I found to be overwhelming in their level of detail and which eventually defeated my best efforts to read them.

Which Kissinger would be the author of World Order?

I worried unnecessarily. World Order is a master class on Foreign Affairs given by a virtuoso on the subject.

Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
I do not share many opinions with Kissinger - and he will not be very troubled to hear this - but given that he has played such an important part in world politics, and has been directly engaged in decisions as serious as war and peace, it is well worth while to see the myths by which he lives.

The first two chapters set out his understanding of power politics. "No truly global "world order" has ever existed. What passes for order in our time was devised in Western Europe nearly four centuries
Throughout his extensive tenure as a politician and a public intellectual, Dr. Henry Kissinger has become something like the high priest of realism. In his decades of consulting and eight years of holding power, Kissinger has consistently advocated the use of the balance of power and the maintenance of an international order as the chief goals of a foreign policy, and that adherence to a moral vision alone as the foundation for a grand strategy leads to detrimental results.

This latter point is
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book has a deep knowledge and eloquence about the history of foreign policy and diplomacy. But its analysis of recent events is rendered treacly by his almost embarrassing unwillingness to say a bad word about any modern president -- and particularly those who have asked him for advice and counsel. Of course, this is the man who was famous for his withering comments about almost everybody and everything, so this gently gently approach not only rings false but robs his comments of any real p ...more
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
As an Indian, I was taught to despise Henry Kissinger much before I knew anything about him. This is strongly rooted in his insults of Indira Gandhi, Indians and support of Pakistan during the Bangladesh Liberation War. The reason I picked up this book is because Hillary Clinton called Kissinger a friend at some point during the US presidential election campaigns. This lead to a bunch of paralysing analyses and opinion pieces on the statement. Surely, he couldn't have been entirely the monster h ...more
This is a book that begs to be studied, not just read. Kissinger has spent his career thinking about world order and in this book he looks both forward and back, eliminating much of the static in the view we have of historical events. The result is a clear outline of national interests, power, and its balance through recent history, centered especially on the U.S. perspective, its intents and its perceived responsibilities. The discussion is helpful, and useful. However, in eliminating the “nois ...more
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بتحولات القرن الثامن عشر و التاسع عشر ، انتقل إلى الحرب العالمية الثانية و هواجس السلام في الإتحاد الأوروبي و تماسكه .
في الفصل الثالت يحاور الشرق الأوسط منذ بزوغ فجر الإسلام ثم يقفز إلى الحركة الإسلاموية المعاصرة و مواقع عدة دول فيه ، السعودية و إيران خصوصا ثم يمر على تعددية آسيا و كيف يفهمها و خصوصا الصين و الهند .
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حيدر العبدلي
كتاب هائل المعلومات يتناول مفهوم النظام العالمي عبر العصور وعناصره من توازن القوة والمشروعية وغيرها . من تأليف داهية العصر الثعلب هنري كيسنجر احد ابرز مهندسي سياسة الولايات المتحدة الامريكية الاستراتيجية وأشهر وزير خارجية لأمريكا على الإطلاق. من الكتب شديدة الدسامة والمهمة لأي مكتبة بل هو مرجع لا يمكن الاستغناء عنه. شعرت بمراوغته الشديدة في الفصل المتعلق بالقضية الفلسطينية عندما شرح الصراع على انه اسلامي يهودي، هو تغاضى عن مشكلة شعب وسكان اصليين وتناسى فترة المقاومة اليسارية والقومية وحشر الصراع ...more
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Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Henry Kissinger requires no introduction…but here it is anyway. Kissinger is among the most astute participants in the foreign policy debates of the 20th and early 21st centuries. He has been at the table throughout the post-WWII Russian acquisition of eastern Europe, the Cuban Missile crisis, the Cold War, the collapse (and potential re-emergence) of Russian strength, and the new Islamist disruptions in the Middle East. As Nixon’s Secretary of State he played a central role in the early1970s Am
حسان الحمدان
كنت مع الصديق الأستاذ عبدالله الوهيبي في معرض الكتاب، وأشرت إلى هذا الكتاب وما قيل عنه، فنصحني بطريقة غير مباشرة وقال: لا أقرأ للساسة الأمريكان.
نصيحة ثمينة والله!
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هنری کیسینجر وزیرخارجه سابق ایالات متحده و از افراد مشهورِ دورانِ حاضر در زمینه سیاست خارجی است؛ چه از وی بدمان بیاید چه خوشمان، او دیپلماتی کارکشته و فردی با دانش و هوش سرشار در علم سیاست است.
کیسینجر در آخرین اثر مکتوب خود به مفهوم "نظم جهانی" پرداخته است. کیسینجر معتقد است تاکنون هیچ نظمی شکل نگرفته است که مصداق تمام و کمال نظم جهانی باشد و چیزی که امروزه به عنوان "نظم جهانی" شناخته میشود حدود چهارقرن پیش در اروپای غربی بر اساس صلح وستفالی بنیان نهاده شده است. در آن زمان یک نبرد فرقهای و شورش
Syed Fathi
Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought
As oppose to many mainstream media - many regards Kissinger as a war criminal. The architect of many US-backed coup and war around the world especially during his tenure as national security advisor during Nixon's presidency. The most memorable and shameful of all was the US war in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, which minimum estimate put the death toll at at least 4 million people.

Having this fact in mind, it is a hypocrite at a maximum level when in the book, Kissinger mark US role in the global
Chet Herbert
Dec 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Excellent beginning; astute historical analysis, especially regarding the evolutionary nature of the balancing of power, legitimacy, and order in Europe from the seventeenth century Peace of Westphalia, through the Congress of Vienna in the wake of Napoleon's wars, up to collapse of order with the First World War. Kissinger is at his weakest in presenting a shockingly whitewashed and rhetorically idealistic foundation of United States' concept of order as "Acting for All Mankind". . . a cherry-p ...more
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: politics
A certain fellow reader was recently so right in a recommendation that I rushed to this.


Now, it's not Dr. Kissinger's fault that I've studied Europe and India and China, and learned about Westphalia and the Arthashastra and George Macartney's embassy to China, and didn't need to hear about it again. But, frankly, anyone reading Kissinger shouldn't be new to these ideas and so there's not a lot of original material or even analysis here. Balance of power, American exceptionalism, cont
Ahmed Abdelhamid
Sep 25, 2014 rated it did not like it

The book promotes an American propaganda view of world-history in pursuit of World order...

for instance,
For Mr Henry, Iran was in love with US politics, until their revolution. Then they changed the course, but now we (Iran and US) have to get back together. As if the revolution, was not in fact to get rid of this "love-affair", or that the current Iran is still in revolution against the whole world-order.

Even though, in many sections of the book Mr Henry showed a great deal of insight
Vigan Rogova
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
In general, the book was below my expectations and what it's title suggests. The first chapters on Europe, its history is thoroughly explained and I learned a lot of interesting facts. The same goes for last chapters on American Presidents, their doctrines and visions which I liked a lot.

However, the middle of the book is of the poor value. The author goes briefly on Middle East and Asia... there is a lot of "take and leave" of subjects without really giving a sense of it. Given the actuality, I
Sep 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-history
A book I bought upon release only to be deeply disappointed. While a veteran diplomat cannot but have interesting observations to make about the post-Soviet world, there is more free speculation here than in the meticulous Diplomacy...
Ahmed Taher
Sep 18, 2014 rated it liked it
إحنا طيبين أوي يا خال :( ..
This book should've been named "The American order"!
Ciera Harris
A wonderful book that I do not feel qualified to give a rating to! Very informative.
Taha rabbani
Jun 23, 2017 marked it as ناتمام-ابدی  ·  review of another edition
دربارهی ترجمهی این کتاب توی وبلاگم بدوبیراه نوشتهام (آره، زرنگم. میخوام بازدید وبلاگم بره بالا :چشمک). بیایید اونجا بخونید. کلی مطلب عالی دیگه هم توی وبلاگم دارم (الکی).
Kissinger can write a book. His wisdom and depth of understanding are phenomenal. He discusses the concept of world order. Or what we perceive as world order based off of the Westphalian system of states from 1648. Now we progress through that of empires and their disintegration after World War I. What reality not much except a hiatus of hostilities which broke out fully in World War II. The next great phase is that of the Cold War, NATO, the rise of the oil states, and the post-coloni ...more
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
في عامه الثاني بعد التسعين يأتينا وزير الخارجية للولايات المتحدة الامريكية سابقاً و مستشار الأمن القومي " هنري كسينجر " بكتابه الأخير في سلسلة تسمى " النظام العالمي " ، يعبر عن رؤيته الخاصة و رؤية الادارة الامريكية للعالم الخارجي و رؤيتها لنفسها.

ما يميز " كسينجر" عن آخرين احتلوا مثل منصبه ، هو رؤيته التحليلية و النقدية ، مراجعته و إدراكه للتاريخ ، لكن شأنه شأن غيره من الأمريكيين - ولا أدري إن كان يوهم الآخرين أم يوهم نفسه أيضاً- يرى أن امريكا و إداراتها على مر السنين تواجه الظروف الداخلية و الخ
Yves Gounin
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
On repose le dernier livre de Henry Kissinger avec deux sentiments contradictoires : l’admiration respectueuse et la gêne persistante.

D’un côté, cette brillante fresque de trois siècles et demi d’histoire diplomatique et les analyses visionnaires de l’actualité internationale qui la prolongent ne peuvent que susciter l’admiration. A quatre-vingt dix ans passés, Henry Kissinger est un monstre sacré des relations internationales : il en fut l’un des acteurs les plus influents aux temps de l’admin
Viet Nguyen
“Trật tự thế giới” (World Order) của Henry Kissinger là một quyến sách rất hay! Hay đến nỗi tôi thấy mình phải viết một bài review dài thật dài về quyển sách này, vì nó đã cho tôi rất nhiều bài học về chính trị, lịch sử, quan hệ ngoại giao giữa các nước. Cộng thêm đây là một trong những cuốn sách đầu tiên tôi đọc về quan hệ quốc tế, nên kiến thức vẫn còn có vẻ hơi nông, rating cao một phần là do tôi được “khai sáng” :) Nếu đọc thêm những review khác trên Goodreads này thì thấy Kissinger là môt n ...more
Brian Eshleman
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
My expectations of Kissinger as a writer were shaped by an interaction in Woodward and Bernstein's Final Days where he commends the analysis of one of his underlings but supposedly says that it is too complicated for Pres. Nixon to understand, that the document in question needed to be at "Reader's Digest" level for Nixon to be able to process it.

Therefore, I expected Kissinger to be both difficult to read and condescending. Perhaps the quote was inaccurate, perhaps it represented a moment of sn
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Jako první knihu Henryho Kissingera jsem četl Umění diplomacie. Trochu jsem se bál, aby se to nepřekrývalo. Něco zopakoval (což není na škody), ale jinými slovy. Zatímco v knize Umění diplomacie se věnuje i starší historii (kardinál Richelieu, napoleonské války...), tak v této knize se zaměřuje víc na dobu od vestfálského urovnání až po konflikty 21. století.

Určitě mi kniha rozšířila obzory. Věci, které jsem znal, brilantně popsal a ukázal mi je v dalších souvislostech. A samozřejmě mi ukázal sp
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although not quite a magnum opus from Dr Kissinger, World Order is perhaps a well timed update of his previous reflections on the interaction of states, notably Diplomacy and Does America Need a Foreign Policy?
For seasoned scholars of International Relations, World Order offers little new, however, it does synergise all the contemporary issues of today's world into one very readable volume.
Dr Kissinger begins with an explanation of the Peace of Westphalia, which forms the backbone of the book. A
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Henry Alfred Kissinger (born Heinz Alfred Kissinger) is a German-born American bureaucrat, diplomat, and 1973 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. He served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the Richard Nixon administration. Kissinger emerged unscathed from the Watergate scandal, and maintained his powerful position when Gerald Ford became President.

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“The state is a fragile organization, and the statesman does not have the moral right to risk its survival on ethical restraint.” 20 likes
“Facts are rarely self-explanatory; their significance, analysis, and interpretation—at least in the foreign policy world—depend on context and relevance.” 11 likes
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