Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Bismarck's operating style

Bismarck's wit and wisdom and practicality in the dog-eat-dog diplomatic world of the nineteenth century has always fascinated me.  Today's episode of the book delves into many of his fascinating demarches, with the help of Treitschke, Napoleon III and the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef.

The great Prussian had a number of fascinating habits, but primarily the tactic of concealing one interpretation of a fact by expressing a more outrageous one.  Clever fellow.

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