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Henry Kissinger

Henry Alfred Kissinger (/ˈkɪsɪndʒər/; born Heinz Alfred Kissinger [haɪnts ˈalfʁɛt ˈkɪsɪŋɐ]; May 27, 1923) is an American diplomat and political scientist. He served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as United States Secretary of State in the administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. For his actions negotiating the ceasefire in Vietnam (though never realised), Kissinger received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize under controversial circumstances, with two members of the committee resigning in protest. After his term, his advice has been sought by world leaders including subsequent U.S. presidents.A proponent of Realpolitik, Kissinger played a prominent role in United States foreign policy between 1969 and 1977. During this period, he pioneered the policy of détente with the Soviet Union, orchestrated the opening of relations with the People's Republic of China, and negotiated the Paris Peace Accords, ending American involvement in the Vietnam War. Kissinger's Realpolitik resulted in controversial policies such as U.S. support for Pakistan, despite its genocidal actions during the Bangladesh War. He is the founder and chairman of Kissinger Associates, an international consulting firm. Kissinger has been a prolific author of books on politics and international relations with over one dozen books authored. Some scholars have ranked Kissinger as the most effective U.S. Secretary of State in the 50 years to 2015. A number of activists and human rights lawyers have sought his prosecution for alleged war crimes. Bio from Wikipeda, the free encyclopedia. Photo by David Shankbone (David Shankbone) [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

The Best 5 Books on Henry Kissinger

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World Order

“Dazzling and instructive . . . [a] magisterial new book.” —Walter Isaacson, Time
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 the twenty-first century: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historical perspectives, violent conflict, proliferating technology, and ideological extremism.

There has never been a true “world order,” Kissinger observes. For most of history, civilizations defined their own concepts of order. Each considered itself the center of the world and envisioned its distinct principles as universally relevant. China conceived of a global cultural hierarchy with the emperor at its pinnacle. In Europe, Rome imagined itself surrounded by barbarians; when Rome fragmented, European peoples refined a concept of an equilibrium of sovereign states and sought to export it across the world. Islam, in its early centuries, considered itself the world’s sole legitimate political unit, destined to expand indefinitely until the world was brought into harmony by religious principles. The United States was born of a conviction about the universal applicability of democracy—a conviction that has guided its policies ever since.

Now international affairs take place on a global basis, and these historical concepts of world order are meeting. Every region participates in questions of high policy in every other, often instantaneously. Yet there is no consensus among the major actors about the rules and limits guiding this process or its ultimate destination. The result is mounting tension.

Grounded in Kissinger’s deep study of history and his experience as national security advisor and secretary of state, World Order guides readers through crucial episodes in recent world history. Kissinger offers a unique glimpse into the inner deliberations of the Nixon administration’s negotiations with Hanoi over the end of the Vietnam War, as well as Ronald Reagan’s tense debates with Soviet Premier Gorbachev in Reykjavík. He offers compelling insights into the future of U.S.–China relations and the evolution of the European Union, and he examines lessons of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Taking readers from his analysis of nuclear negotiations with Iran through the West’s response to the Arab Spring and tensions with Russia over Ukraine, World Order anchors Kissinger’s historical analysis in the decisive events of our time.

Provocative and articulate, blending historical insight with geopolitical prognostication, World Order is a unique work that could come only from a lifelong policy maker and diplomat.
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Orden mundial: Reflexiones sobre el carácter de las naciones y el curso de la historia (Spanish Edition)

Una profunda reflexión sobre qué motiva la armonía y el conflicto en las relaciones internacionales, por el Premio Nobel de la Paz.

«Las conclusiones de Kissinger deberían ser lectura obligada para los candidatos a las elecciones de 2016. El orden mundial depende de ello.»
The Financial Times

Henry Kissinger presenta una profunda y original reflexión sobre las causas que originan la armonía y los conflictos en los asuntos globales. A partir de su inmensa experiencia como uno de los principales estadistas del siglo XX, asesor de presidentes, conocedor del mundo, observador y participante en los temas centrales de política internacional de último medio siglo, Kissinger expone en esta obra su visión del reto fundamental del siglo XXI: cómo construir un orden internacional compartido en un mundo con perspectivas históricas divergentes, plagado de conflictos violentos, tecnología desbocada y extremismo ideológico.

«El mejor Kissinger, con su inimitable combinación de erudición y agudeza, y el talento para unir titulares con tendencia a largo plazo; a muy largo en este caso. Abarca desde el Tratado de Westphalia a los avances en microprocesadores, desde Sun Tzu a Talleyrand, a Twitter.»
Hillary Clinton, The Washington Post

«Un magnífico ensayo sobre el desorden político internacional.»
Lluis Bassets, Babelia

«El nuevo libro de Henry Kissinger, Orden mundial, no puede ser más oportuno. Kissinger, a sus 91 años, recorre a buen paso los siglos y los continentes, y examina las alianzas y los conflictos que han definido Europa a través de los siglos, las consecuencias de la desintegración de estados como Siria o Iraq, y la relación de China con el resto de Asia y Occidente.»
Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

«Este libro combina historia, geografía, política contemporánea y buenasdosis de pasión. Así es, pasión, ya que es un cri de coeur de un famoso escéptico, un aviso a las generaciones futuras de un anciano gran conocedor del pasado, un libro que todos los políticos deberían leer.»
John Mickletwait, The New York Times Book Review

«El libro de Kissinger es un fascinante e instructivo recorrido global por la búsqueda de la armonía. La clave del realismo en las relaciones internacionales de Kissinger, y el tema de este libro magistral, es que esa humildad es importante no solo para las personas, sino también para los países, incluido Estados Unidos.»
Walter Isaacson, Time

«Kissinger demuestra por qué sigue siendo un asesor tan respetado tanto por presidentes estadounidenses como por líderes internacionales. Orden Mundial es una guía para perplejos, un manifiesto para repensar el papel de Estados Unidos y del mundo. La visión de Kissinger podría contribuir a crear una era más tranquila que la que tenemosahora mismo.»
Jacob Heilbrunn, The National Interest

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On China

"Fascinating, shrewd . . . The book deftly traces the rhythms and patterns of Chinese history." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

In this sweeping and insightful history, Henry Kissinger turns for the first time at book length to a country he has known intimately for decades and whose modern relations with the West he helped shape. On China illuminates the inner workings of Chinese diplomacy during such pivotal events as the initial encounters between China and tight line modern European powers, the formation and breakdown of the Sino-Soviet alliance, the Korean War, and Richard Nixon’s historic trip to Beijing. With a new final chapter on the emerging superpower’s twenty-first-century role in global politics and economics, On China provides historical perspective on Chinese foreign affairs from one of the premier statesmen of our time.
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Diplomacy (Touchstone Book)

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.
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Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States, and the World (Belfer center studies in international security)

Grand strategist and founder of modern Singapore offers key insights and controversial opinions on globalization, geopolitics, economic growth, and democracy.

When Lee Kuan Yew speaks, presidents, prime ministers, diplomats, and CEOs listen. Lee, the founding father of modern Singapore and its prime minister from 1959 to 1990, has honed his wisdom during more than fifty years on the world stage. Almost single-handedly responsible for transforming Singapore into a Western-style economic success, he offers a unique perspective on the geopolitics of East and West. American presidents from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama have welcomed him to the White House; British prime ministers from Margaret Thatcher to Tony Blair have recognized his wisdom; and business leaders from Rupert Murdoch to Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobil, have praised his accomplishments. This book gathers key insights from interviews, speeches, and Lee's voluminous published writings and presents them in an engaging question and answer format.

Lee offers his assessment of China's future, asserting, among other things, that “China will want to share this century as co-equals with the U.S.” He affirms the United States' position as the world's sole superpower but expresses dismay at the vagaries of its political system. He offers strategic advice for dealing with China and goes on to discuss India's future, Islamic terrorism, economic growth, geopolitics and globalization, and democracy. Lee does not pull his punches, offering his unvarnished opinions on multiculturalism, the welfare state, education, and the free market. This little book belongs on the reading list of every world leader―including the one who takes the oath of office on January 20, 2013.

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