• World Order

  • Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History
  • By: Henry Kissinger
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Hormann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-28-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (64 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-13-18

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Valente on 09-11-16

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

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5 out of 5 stars
By florin on 07-31-16


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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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Fabrice Saenger on 02-14-16

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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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By Josh on 05-19-17

Unable to sperate bias from writings.

Narrator mispronounces words and at times it's very evident he is using his 'big boy voice'.
Kissinger cannot seperate his political opinions from his telling of recent and modern history. This seems to be written with the intent of convincing the reader to his point of view and from a base egoism.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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