THE PRESIDENCY: Majesty, Poetry and Power

The Presidency/Hugh Sidey

The best a statesman can do is to listen to the rustle of God's mantle through history and try to catch the hem of it for a few steps. —Bismarck

When he was a student in the dusty stacks of world affairs, Henry Kissinger discovered Germany's Iron Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, who used power ruthlessly and successfully for peace, yet despite his immense ego, sensed his own insignificance.

Kissinger has pondered Bismarck's observation during his own journey through the corridors of world power. Not surprisingly, he has formed some ideas about leadership, ones that could help...

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