Does America Need a Foreign Policy?

Version: Abridged
Author: Henry Kissinger
Narrator: Philip Bosco
Genres: Politics, American Politics
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: June 2001
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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Overview

In this timely, thoughtful, and important book, at once far-seeing and brilliantly readable, America's most famous diplomatist explains why we urgently need a new and coherent foreign policy and what our foreign policy goals should be in this new millennium. In seven accessible chapters, Does America Need a Foreign Policy? provides a crystalline assessment of how the United States' ascendancy as the world's dominant presence in the twentieth century may be effectively reconciled with the urgent need in the twenty-first century to achieve a bold new world order. With a new Afterword by the author that addresses the situation in the aftermath of September 11, Does America Need a Foreign Policy? asks and answers the most pressing questions of our nation today.

Reviews (9)

Mr. Establishment

Written by Anonymous on June 20th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Most of Kissinger's advice is very general (we should work to maintain a balance of power in Asia), and he simply assumes things that are really worth discussing (e.g., Europe is key to America's security). Kissinger has a 19th century view of the world, where the global is chessboard and the great powers move the pieces. learned very little from this book -- most of what was said you could get from the talking heads on CNN and Fox.

Policy

Written by Highler on July 12th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This book had some very thought provoking statements and ideals, and that was enough to keep me listening through some of the drier/longer parts. Towards the end, it seems to drift a little from the intended purpose and left me questioning, “Where is he going?” Unfortunately, the book starts strong and seems to go slowly downhill from there.

Does America Need a Foreign Policy? [abr]

Written by Mary McGuire from Milford, CT on June 9th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Kissinger's name brings back memories of the heyday of foreign policy so I was interested in hearing what time has taught him. Apparently nothing. His views are still local, shortsighted and defensive. The pain I endured listening to Kissinger 's voice in the beginning and end of this audiobook did, however, make me marvel at it's use as an effective torture device . . .

Does America Need a Foreign Policy?

Written by Lou Anne on February 19th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

An excellent book by an brilliant, erudite author -- the vocabulary/word choice amazes, and the views (while I might not agree with them) are well-supported and shaped by his lifelong involvement in foreign policy. I often replayed segments (the audio book layout enables easy replays) because of the complexity of the content -- you do have to concentrate on the theses!

Does America Need a Foreign Policy?

Written by Sandra on February 2nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The author has written a well thought out book. His vocabulary is astounding. I learned quite a bit about foreign policy and jotted down a few words to look up in the dictionary. I had to replay parts of the book because the reader's voice seems to drone on at times, making it hard to focus on the subject matter.

Does America Need a Foreign Policy

Written by Anonymous on January 13th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I couldn't listen to this narrator for more than five minutes, and the content seemed much too boring for the car.

Very Interesting

Written by CLIFF on December 14th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I found it quite interesting. Considering the world economy and America's involvement in wars, I would recommend the cd to all listeners.

Does America Need a Foreign Policy?

Written by Colleen on November 1st, 2004

  • Book Rating: 3/5

First, let me say that I believe Henry Kissinger is a brilliant man. Unfortunately, perhaps because of that brillance it is somewhat hard to fully comprehend what he proposes. If I was reading this book, I'd probably be re-reading sections. There is a lot of, to paraphrase, 3 rules of this, 4 lessons of that, 6 approaches to this, etc. He does have an interesting perspective, even if I didn't agree with all of his proposals.

Henry Kissenger review

Written by Walter Mallon on October 13th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I learned nothing from this book. Henry speaks in academic generalities that do very little for me.

Author Details

Author Details

Kissinger, Henry

Henry Kissinger was the fifty-sixth Secretary of State. Born in Germany, Dr. Kissinger came to the United States in 1938 and was naturalized a US citizen in 1943. He served in the US Army and attended Harvard University, where helater became a member of the faculty. Among the awards he has received are the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Medal of Liberty. Dr. Kissinger is currently Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm.