Table of Contents:
- The problem of knowing : Pope Leo the Great and Attila the Hun
- The illusion of power : Henry VIII and Francis I
- The inevitability of surprise : Cortés and Moctezuma
- The principle of contingency : Metternich, Castlereagh, Talleyrand and others
- The false lessons of history : Wilson, Clemenceau, and Lloyd George
- The rule of unintended consequences : Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin
- The fantasy of realism : Bush, Kohl, Mitterand and others.