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The breathtaking generalisations of Henry Kissinger

The age of the great statesman is over—but the former politician and historian appears not to have noticed

A 1974 cover of Newsweek, featuring a superhero version of Henry Kissinger circling the globe. © The Granger Collection

There are books that clearly drove the author to write them. Now nearly 50 years old, Henry Kissinger’s first book, A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace 1812-1822, on the conservative statesmen who brought peace to Europe after 1815, was one of these. His latest, however, is not. Why…

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