• Eva Strnadová

Henry Kissinger: Diplomacy

A classic history of international relations by United States Secretary of State and holder of the Nobel Peace Prize.



About the Author


Henry Kissinger is an American politician, diplomat and geopolitical consultant who served under the presidential administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Except from Diplomacy, his major works are:


  • Does America Need a Foreign Policy? Toward a Diplomacy for the 21st Century (Simon & Schuster: 2002).

  • On China (Penguin: 2012).

  • World Order (Penguin: 2015).

Kissinger’s book is a classic history of international relations. As the co-architect of the cold war rapprochement with China and détente with the Soviet Union, he provided an essential introduction to international relations.


Exceptionalism inspired Americas foreign policy and gave the United States the fortitude to prevail in the Cold War. But it will require far more subtle applications in the multipolar world of the twenty-first century. Henry Kissinger (p. 803).

Kissinger focuses mainly on the 20th century and the Western World. As an adherent of the realist school of international relations, he focuses on the concepts of the balance of power in Europe before the First World War. They are raison d’État and Realpolitik.


Book reviewed: Henry Kissinger, Diplomacy (Pocket Books: 1994).