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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media (20 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626549788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626549784
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Henry Kissinger, former National Security Adviser, Secretary of State and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, lives in New York City. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jan. 2001
Format: Paperback
Anyone interested in the Congress of Vienna or the history of modern Europe in general could do no better than read this book by Henry Kissinger, one of the most well-informed and influential statesmen of the post-war era. Written in 1957 before the author made his own name as a diplomat extraordinaire, this latest edition sports a cover design featuring the painting of The Congress of Vienna 1815 by Jean-Baptiste Isabey, the statesmen using chairs which have now found a home at the National Trust property Mount Stewart in County Down, Northern Ireland, where Castlereagh once lived.
Whilst the book is mainly a study of the art of diplomacy, Kissinger reviews the personalities of Metternich and Castlereagh as well as their policies. He takes into account their distrust of each other and the fascinating way in which their disparate attitudes to the preservation of peace in Europe forced them to manoeuvre, to co-operate and to cajole. He explains how, inevitably, diplomacy at its most basic is merely the adjustment of differences through negotiation and that peace is a state only attained and maintained by a very finely balanced legitimacy of workable, acceptable arrangements between nations, each of whom are at the same time aiming to keep their own interests in play.
Familiar names appear throughout the pages. Alexander, Talleyrand, Nesselrode, Clancarty, Cathcart, Stackelberg, all appear in context so that we are able to flesh out these characters whose bottoms once graced the Congress chairs! Charles, third Marquess of Londonderry, plays his part, Napoleon's one hundred days are essayed and the Battle of Waterloo discussed. We are forced to consider the proposition that, in the end, what we call peace is only the avoidance of war.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Past Keeps Repeating Itself 18 Feb. 2009
By Mr. Robert A. Gorham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Excellent book that is hard to find and one that should never go out of print. This book first came out in the early 1960's and sadly was not reprinted until the early part of the 21st century and it is now out of print once again. The world of Metternich and Castlereagh was one of finding peace, keeping your country strong while keeping the young aristocrats and military professionals from starting wars. Bismark ran into much the same problems when he was Chancellor of Prussia. The key to Metternich, Castlereagh and Bismark was diplomacy based on strength and cunning. When those that came after them saw diplomacy as weakness and opted for war, then eventually their empires came to an end. We saw the same problems in the Bush 43 administration; hence two wars that contiune to drain the economy and deplete the nation of young men and women who go off to war and die or are injured, not to mention the strained relations around the world. The outcome is a weakening of the nation state and eventual ruin. The empires of Britian, Austria and Prussia all ceased to exist when they threw diplomacy to the wind. Can the US escape the same circumstances by rebuilding diplomacy while maintining our military strength but not using it to go to war? Much like Sun Tzu's 'Art of War,' Kissinger's 'The World Restored' should be read by politicans, military professionals, business folks and the general populace at large. Democracy is based on conversation and no better way to have a conversation about history and diplomacy then by reading and discussing 'The World Restored.' Kissingers later book on Diplomacy pales in comparison to what is discussed in 'The World Restored.'
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Legitimacy, and the intricacies of politics and diplomacy... 20 Mar. 2014
By Peter Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book lives up to and exceeds all expectations. Kissinger shows us in great detail what his Balance of Power Doctrine is based upon by showing the great diplomat Metternich in all his glory, when the Concert of Europe truly began and the world was restored. Whether you are dealing with Napoleon, Hitler, Stalin, or a tyrannical boss at work, this work contains insights which transcend the period of study. Kissenger basically discusses the problems and politics of building a coalition, proving a tyrant to be a tyrant, and finally how to construct a political enduring peace.

I recommend the book whole-heartedly. His writing is insightful, full of preternatural wisdom and of enduring value. I especially liked how he dissected the personalities of the actors in this play, Napoleon, Metternich, Castlereagh, and Talleyrand, and the manner in which he highlights that those personalities influenced the course of history. You will come away with a deep understanding of politics at all levels and also why Kissinger dominated the diplomacy of his period.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Only for the brightest 24 Oct. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Henry Kissinger's "A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace 1812-22" is not for just anyone interested in that period of history. I read about a fourth of Kissinger's "White House Years" ("W H Y"), and loved his writing and clear thinking in that book (the book was destroyed in a fire). But it was apparently written long after "A World Restored" was written, because the excellent writing in "W H Y" didn't exist in his earlier book. In "W H Y", I could just follow his thoughts and not have to re-order or evaluate them to fully understand (and appreciate them). BUT, in "A World Restored", I had to constantly mull over sentences to get what he was trying to say. So this book is for very intelligent readers who already have a good grasp of the historical situation. Kissinger delves deeply here, but with inadequate writing skills, in my opinion. I'm reminded of what I decided was the difference between me and the truly brilliant students at Stanford. They could intuit what the professor was trying to say, but I could only get what he was actually saying.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Brillant, but don't misread it 21 April 2006
By jrockett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book was intended to be the first volume in a series that went up to WWI, but for obvious reasons Dr. Kissinger never finished the series. Many people have read this book and asserted that Metternich and Co. offered Kissinger his diplomatic roots, when in fact this is wrong. Do not read this book to understand Kissinger, read it to understand an often misunderstood era in history. Kissinger understood it better than anyone.
Four Stars 21 Feb. 2015
By Benjamin W. Barr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
amazing the amount of research that has gone into this book.
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