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World Order

Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History
Narrated by: Nicholas Hormann
Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
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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.

©2016 Henry Kissinger (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited

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recommended

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.

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cringy

the title should be " the world order an american strategist wants you to believe in"

basically, everyones vision of a world order was to place themselves right at the center of it as some chosen people.

Except America, whose vision of a world order is made of universal values, moral and dedicated to the good of mankind.

America is a benevolent and selfless power that only intervenes in the world in order to create a world order that won't require its intervention.

after reading Perkins and Chomsky, it's hard to take Mr Kissingers claims seriously...



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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.

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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.

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Essential International Relations text, regardless

Dr Kissinger's World Order takes as its premise the Westphalian state system, with an initial examination of the circumstances of European power that led to its creation, the play of European power throughout the ages, and the examination of alternative power structures, notably Islam and China.
The book is an excellent overview of how World Order functions, but contains some philosophical musings upon various contemporary factors affecting world order.
This book excels on several levels. The size, just right, plus the readability coupled with the breadth and scope make it an ideal book for anyone wanting to get a grasp of International Relations, or experienced international relations students (such as myself) who nonetheless want further knowledge and insight.
Overall, an excellent book and expertly put together.

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Genius.

Some reviews here says that the book is ethnocentric. That's not true. Henry is as smart and wise as they come. Truly a next level thinker.

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A bit like listening to Donald Trump with a PhD

The book is an excellent and useful overview of the various events, individuals and ideologies that have shaped the modern world. It's major downfall is the complete bias it has towards the US, describing it as a selfless, freedom-loving state that simply only wants good for the rest of the world, never putting it's own interest before the well-being of others. The same benefit-of-doubt attitude quickly disappears when discussing Europe or the Islamic world in which he becomes extremely critical, dismissive and condescending.

He sobers up ever so slightly when it comes to the invasion of Iraq but in summary he supports the US throughout and the "excellent statesmanship" shown by George Bush. Henry Kissinger is a true Republican and in some parts it does genuinely feel like I'm listening to Donald Trump with some brains.

All in all the book is a must read for those who want to understand the modern political landscape and is extremely useful to that end, if you can get past the blind patriotism.

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big propaganda

kissinger speaks about the world order without mentionning the oil market and west colonisation... usa is the best country in the world and is fighting the evil...

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Fascinating and thoughtful

A wonderful book that really makes you think. I particularly enjoyed the insights into current politics and foreign policy. He couldn’t be more on point.

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Beauty & bias

This is a beautiful book that let me understand many things that I have always been curious about in regards to foreign policy. Unfortunately Kissinger's view is badly affected by the assumptions at the base of the US democracy that do not leave for any other alternative and this is disturbing to say the least.

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  • Roy Riachi
  • 04-02-19

One hell of a book

This book is excellent and extremely well written and informative. The narration is very good as well.

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  • Sean
  • 23-01-19

It’s like Kissinger could see Trump coming...

And he wrote the definitive guide to foreign policy for the populist president completely oblivious to historical precedent. Essential reading for us all!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-04-18

Clear, efficient and interesting

Would you listen to World Order again? Why?

Absolutely, there is a lot to learn & gain from this novel.

What did you like best about this story?

The history is very comprehensive, incredibly detailed and provided a good narrative for connecting ideas

Which scene was your favorite?

I particularly enjoyed the segment focusing on China

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

I learnt a lot about the beginnings of Arabic politics & systems, which I wasn't expecting

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  • Ahmed M. Alrayes
  • 17-05-20

Full of lies and a propeganda for the USA

Shameful book! I am amazed of how can someone with this extensive experience and high profile state lies and in accurate information that many in a single book. Complete waste of time to read.

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  • Valente
  • 11-09-16

Amazingly staged actual escenarios

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