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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Kissinger Narrator: Nicholas Hormann Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9780698179608
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A deep meditation on the roots of international harmony and global disorder

Henry Kissinger has traveled the world, advised presidents, and been a close observer and participant in the central foreign policy events of our era. Now he offers his analysis of the twenty first century’s ultimate challenge: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historic 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 considered itself the world’s sole legitimate political unit, destined to expand indefinitely until the world was brought into harmony by Muslim principles. The United States was born of a conviction about the universal applicability of democratic principles—a conviction that has guided its policies ever since.

Now international affairs take place on a global basis, and these historic 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 experience as national security advisor and secretary of state, World Order guides readers on a tour of the globe. It examines the events and ideas that formed the historic concepts of order, their manifestations in contemporary controversies, and the ways in which they might ultimately be reconciled.

Provocative and articulate, blending historical insight with prognostication, World Order is a unique work that could only come from a lifelong diplomat. Download and start listening now!

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  • “This audiobook provides listeners with an overview and deep analysis of the world’s political realities, as seen by the former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State. Nicholas Hormann has a deep, authoritative voice, and he narrates with a seriousness of purpose and a sober manner. Kissinger’s point is that there is no established world order and that each nation will need to struggle to make its mark on future events. Hormann’s narration reflects the intention of the book: to inform and enlighten a public that decidedly needs to understand the international order as seen by one of the twentieth century’s major diplomats. Hormann remains true to Kissinger’s intent, though both of them can sound dry and stilted at times.”

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  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, September 2014
  • One of Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books, September 2014
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  • A Washington Post bestseller
  • An NPR bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller
  • A 2014 New York Times Notable Book
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About the Author
Author Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger served as national security advisor and then secretary of state under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Medal of Liberty, among other awards.

About the Narrator

Nicholas Hormann has appeared in over a hundred plays on and off Broadway and in the nation’s leading professional theaters, including the American Conservatory Theater, the Mark Taper Forum, and the Kennedy Center. He has made guest appearances on numerous television series and narrates audiobooks. He attended the Yale School of Drama and lives in Los Angeles.