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 World Order
World Order
By Henry Kissinger
432 pp, Penguin Press, 2014
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How many authors could title their book simply World Order without sounding utterly presumptuous? Henry Kissinger still plays in a league of his own. For admirers and critics alike, he is more than just a former U.S. secretary of state and previous national security adviser. Some see him as the quintessential wise man of U.S. foreign policy; others, as a diehard realpolitiker hanging on to yesterday’s world; and still others, as a perennial bête noire. To all, he remains larger than life. And regardless of how one views Kissinger, his new book is tremendously valuable.

To call World Order timely would be an understatement, for if there was one thing the world yearned for in 2014, it was order. In the Middle East, the Syrian civil war has killed hundreds of thousands and allowed jihadist groups to threaten the stability of the entire region. In Asia, an

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  • WOLFGANG ISCHINGER is Chair of the Munich Security Conference. He served as German Ambassador to the United States from 2001 to 2006 and German Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2006 to 2008.
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