David Mytton

Book Review (5/5) – World Order: Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History (Henry Kissinger)

Published (updated: ) in Book Reviews.

Originally published on Goodreads.

Kissinger provides an excellent guide to the current state of world order and how states interact with each other. He includes the necessary historical context for the development of all major societies that have a key role on the world stage, explaining how they interact and offering a commentary on the causes of key events. He has particular insight into the period where he was directly involved with key foreign policy decisions, particularly around the Middle East and China.

Reading this in 2019, it is amazing how much of the political challenges we face today were predicted in the chapter on technological change. This is especially the case when it comes to the advances of technology on elections and policy making, then how they transpired into Brexit and Trump.

Kissinger barely needs to provide an updated volume because everything he discussed turned out to be correct, but it would still be fascinating to read an up to date analysis and how he thinks we should proceed into the future.