On China

On China In Henry Kissinger took the historic step of reopening relations between China and the West and since then has been intimately connected with the country at the highest level than any other west

  • Title: On China
  • Author: Henry Kissinger
  • ISBN: 9780141049427
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1971 Henry Kissinger took the historic step of reopening relations between China and the West, and since then has been intimately connected with the country at the highest level than any other western figure This book distils his unique experience, examining China s history from the classical era to the present day, describing the essence of its millennia old apprIn 1971 Henry Kissinger took the historic step of reopening relations between China and the West, and since then has been intimately connected with the country at the highest level than any other western figure This book distils his unique experience, examining China s history from the classical era to the present day, describing the essence of its millennia old approach to diplomacy, strategy and negotiation, and reflecting on these attitudes for our own uncertain future.

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    1. Kissinger’s Ignorance about ChinaChina is a complicated large country with a long history and civilization entirely different from Western ones. Chinese top leading group is a black box. Its operation is tightly kept confidential. For an autocracy like China, one cannot understand it without understanding its leaders. No wonder Western China watchers are frustrated in understanding China. However, as a well-experienced diplomat who helped Nixon achieve rapprochement with China, Kissinger must [...]

    2. First of all, the humorous aspects of the book:1. Take a look at the cover itself! Kissinger's name seems slightly bigger than the actual title.2. A disproportionate amount of the photos feature the distinguished author. "Here is the author talking with X," "Here is the author talking with 'Y,' and my favorite, "Here is the author playing ping-pong with one of his aides." Well I guess you are a regular guy after all!So, Kissinger lives up to his reputation as being somewhat self-important.With t [...]

    3. کتاب از زبان و دیدگاه یک سیاست‌مدار عالی‌رتبه و باسابقه نوشته شده و این مهمترین ویژگی کتاب است: در این کتاب درمی‌یابیم که یک دیپلمات چطور حرف می‌زند، چطور حرف‌های دیگران را می‌شنود و خلاصه اینکه، آنچه که در رسانه‌ها می‌شنوید از دید یک دیپلمات چه معنی و مفهومی دارد.کتاب سر [...]

    4. “On China” is a curious mixture of history, geopolitical analysis and self-serving memoir (concentrating mostly on the last two elements). Kissinger reviews some of the highlights of Chinese history; ancient and medieval China is covered quickly and superficially and the material is pretty much standard issue, but the level of detail increases after greatly from the opium war onwards and the book becomes much more interesting at that point. Kissinger makes the case that the Qing bureaucrats, [...]

    5. On China records the half century effort of Henry Kissinger and successive American governments to establish normal relations with the government of China. This vigorous and highly readable book lays out in detail every aspect of the diplomacy that brought the once hostile and renegade government of China to join the world economic order. Kissinger spends the first three chapters in an extensive analysis of the political history of China. Key to understanding China's history is the most fundamen [...]

    6. Аз тепърва ще продължа да се занимавам с тази книга, но във всеки случай - по-приятна ми е от "Дипломацията", както и по-интересна, може би задето "За Китай" се отнася до места, които пряко ме интересуват в момента.

    7. Wow. I had always known the name Henry Kissinger but wasn't intimately familiar with his work in the State department or what the general view of his legacy was until started doing some research ahead of reading 'On China', with him clearly being a controversial figure for his embodiment of 'realpolitik'. I will also caveat that I haven't studied Chinese history in too much depth so don't have many other perspectives to compare this against. All that said, this book is incredible. Kissinger's co [...]

    8. "On China" is authoritative, scholarly and dull.Kissinger puts us on the Chinese History Interstate Highway beginning more than two millennia ago. We travel in fifth gear from the time of Confucius, the purpose of which is to give us China's position in the world from a Chinese person's point of view, and get off at the beginning of the nineteenth century. We then travel through that century, in stop-and-go traffic, as Great Britain attempts to take China over in somewhat the same fashion as it [...]

    9. I did not complete this book. I got about 300 pages in.I absolutely loved the beginning. Kissinger gives a great analysis and description of Chinese history and culture.He described the Chinese mind-set, something I knew nothing about. He describes the Korean War, briefly and begins to go into great detail about Nixon's (and his) strategy. Around page 300 he goes into infinite detail about what happened between him, Nixon and Mao. In it's way it was fascinating as he was there and this is a firs [...]

    10. خیلی از کیسینجر خوشم نیومد، بااین‌حال، فکر می‌کنم ربطی به شخصیتش نداره. به‌قول ترجمه‌ی آقای رأسی، احتمالاً «پرنسیب» آدمی دانشگاهی و سیاسی این‌طوریه. کتاب از جنگ تریاک شروع می‌شه و تا زمان اوباما ادامه پیدا می‌کنه. بیش از اونکه جزئیات اتفاقات برای نویسنده مهم باشه، روح حا [...]

    11. It is a bit difficult to begin my review with 'I thought ' for this aptly recently-released non-fiction published in 2012. Instead, I would think this highly informative book on historical, cultural and political China, one of the large countries in Asia in terms of its size and population, written by one of the great American diplomats in the 20th century should be a must for those interested in this amazingly magnificent country in the Pacific Rim; its history itself has dated back since some [...]

    12. Although I don’t completely agree with the author, I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful book about a country where I came from.I was immensely impressed by the first-hand materials Kissinger possessed in writing this powerful book. Kissinger chooses wisely the starting point where to begin his account. People, even among the Chinese pay little attention to the literal meaning of the Chinese name of the country. Explaining the meaning of the two Chinese characters helps understand the people’s [...]

    13. First of all, I should probably say that I didn't finish the last hundred pages or so of this book. To be honest, I got bored. I loved that this book started out with a healthy dose of Chinese history, but I wasn't too keen on Kissinger's analysis ofwell, anything. Don't get me wrong, I love the Analects as much as the next girl, but Kissinger's attempts to explain modern China using the game of "wei qi" and a handful of Confucuis' teachings did not have me convinced that Kissinger was doing any [...]

    14. There are brilliant sections of this book. There is an interpretative history of modern China. There is insight into some of the key personalities. There is history of the relationship between the US and China which Kissinger personally developed and played a key role in over a long period of time.What is strange though is that for someone who was always very cautious in his views, this is a strangely opinionated book without original opinions.There is a very clear point of view and it almost re [...]

    15. Excited to expand my understanding of Chinese history, and America’s current diplomatic relationship with China, I bought a beautiful hardback first edition of On China by Henry Kissinger. Given that Kissinger has decades of diplomatic experience with China I assumed that he would be a great primary source to learn from.He turned out to be a primary source: a grossly biased primary source. He writes about Mao with a reverence which made me nauseous. The little I knew about China included Mao Z [...]

    16. Excellent overview of Chinese history and the clash of worldviews as the West first began colonizing and then humiliating the Middle Kingdom. I recognized how China represented the last of the indigeonous cultures that the "Roman machine" which began colonizing other peoples first in the Middle East (as in Israel) and then spreading across Europe to the Americas, the Pacific Island peoples, India and finally Asia. The prevalent world view which allows no other and would destroy any competing ide [...]

    17. It is redundant to applaud Kissinger's apt writing and acute observations, but what excited me the most is his reading on Chinese leaders: his descriptions of Mao, both Zhou's, Deng and Jiang are entertaining and enlightening, and he somehow makes it all click when he puts China's domestic and foreign challenges in conjunction with leaders' personalities. This is a must-read on Sino-Western diplomacy foremost, but it will leave you with a much more complex understanding of the country and its le [...]

    18. Kissinger’s mastery of China’s history and its road to 1st world status, including exceptional analysis and first-hand knowledge, is expertly captured in this must-read volume for anyone aspiring to understand Chinese politics. Kissinger takes us through the rise and fall, and current rise, of China on the world stage, helping the western world to better understand why it has pursued the path it seeks.

    19. کتاب بی نظیری درباره چین خوندن هر قسمت کتاب واقعا بسیارلذت بخش بود.

    20. This is a surprisingly approachable look at China's relationship with the United States and other western countries. Kissinger provides a necessarily brief history of China in an effort to help the reader better understand the differences between Chinese and U.S. thinking on various issues. I learned a great deal, and I was impressed by his ability to keep the book interesting for me. The verbal portraits he provides of the men with whom he negotiated during the '70s are fascinating indeed.

    21. Henry Kissinger is one of those celebrity analysts in the West who are considered an authority on China. Kissinger’s reputation is based on his career as a diplomat turned business consultant.With a title as generic as “On China”, I wondered what the book would hold for me. Would it be a collection of memoirs? An academic study of ancient Chinese culture and its impact upon the mindset of contemporary Chinese leaders? Perhaps it would provide a historical justification of the paradoxical m [...]

    22. This was Henry Kissinger's take on China. It was okay, meaning it was insightful in parts, useful for some historical nuggets, and quite readable. This is, after all, Henry Kissinger, America's greatest diplomat, writing about a country whose modern relations with America were created by him.He starts out grandly, giving a rather hilarious description of Lord McCartney's ill-fated expedition to China, and covers the Opium Wars and following century of subjugation fairly well, noting the various [...]

    23. I found the book On China by Henry Kissinger to be one that is very intellectual while still having an element of creative process involved. In the book, Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State and National security advisor under the Nixon administration, addresses the history of China and how it got to be here today. After spending many times visiting China while in office, Kissinger had acquired a great knowledge of the history of this country. He then documented his public relations experi [...]

    24. “On China” by Dr. Henry Kissinger is a non-fiction book in which the famous states­man recounts and advises on the future of Chi­nese diplo­macy with the west.Dr. Henry Kissinger writes at length about the coun­try he has known for decades. Recount­ing Chi­nese his­tory and cul­ture, Kissinger exam­ines how China sees itself and the out­side world.Dr. Kissinger exam­ines key episodes in Chi­nese for­eign pol­icy, from hun­dreds of years ago to cur­rent events with empha­sis [...]

    25. Kissinger is such an erudite and interesting writer. I enjoyed the part on China's history more than the history of the 60s and 70s when Kissinger entered the picture. I can understand that he focuses on his personal experiences, but it was a bit too detailed for me.

    26. For those familiar with some of Kissinger's other work on diplomatic history, On China is essentially applies the approach of Diplomacy to the history of China's relationship with the outside world and particularly with the United States, identifying recurring themes and making connections between different events to uncover underlying principles. On China begins with a whirlwind history of China's experience in international affairs, from the classical "Middle Kingdom" period, through China's " [...]

    27. A fascinating look into diplomatic relations between the China and the United States. At times, there was a bit too much information to absorb and the language got dry, but I loved the nuance Kissinger gave to China-US Relations. Chapters on Nixon-Mao relations (including real interview transcripts!) and Tiananmen Square Incident (the issue of morality and human rights) were my favorite. However, I think Kissinger really nailed the first two chapters, where he outlined China's "Middle Kingdom" m [...]

    28. Kissinger's unique perspective makes for a fascinating book, but the most interesting bit is the 20 page afterword for the paperback edition. Not the afterword itself, but the choice to include it. The hard-cover version of the book ended with a heart-warming plea for co-existence. Kissinger wrote the book in part in an attempt to outline the very different ways that the US and China see the world and foreign relations. The initial ending of the book opens with a comparison of the rise of German [...]

    29. Excellent book. Beyond the scare mongering headlines of a resurgent China and what it means to the rest of the world. This book looks into the historical experience of China and its sense of destiny and rightful place in the world. How by looking through the lens of western ideology and models we miss the perspective that the Chinese population and the government has on the rest of the world and most importantly on their national interests. Unfortunately most of us are so occupied with the event [...]

    30. An interesting look at the political history (not social) of China. Kissinger's style is fluid and easily readable and accessible, which was a bit unexpected. I thought that his discussions on pre-modern China were much more fascinating, perhaps because I knew less of that information. I had kind of hoped that the narrative would be more encompassing that looking at Sino-American relations of the 20th century, but then again this is probably what Kissinger is best to discuss.Note that most of hi [...]

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