George F. Kennan An American Life

ISBN-10: 0143122150
ISBN-13: 9780143122159
Edition: 2012
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Book details

List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/28/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 800
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in BiographyWidely and enthusiastically acclaimed, this is the authorized, definitive biography of one of the most fascinating but troubled figures of the twentieth century by the nation's leading Cold War historian. In the late 1940s, George F. Kennan—then a bright but, relatively obscure American diplomat—wrote the "long telegram" and the "X" article. These two documents laid out United States' strategy for "containing" the Soviet Union—a strategy which Kennan himself questioned in later years. Based on exclusive access to Kennan and his archives, this landmark history illuminates a life that both mirrored and shaped the century it spanned.

John Lewis Gaddis is Robert A. Lovett Professor of History and Political Science at Yale University.

Preface
Childhood: 1904-1921
Princeton: 1921-1925
The Foreign Service: 1925-1931
Marriage-and Moscow: 1931-1933
The Origins of Soviet-American Relations: 1933-1936
Rediscovering America: 1936-1938
Czechoslovakia and Germany: 1938-1941
The United States at War: 1941-1944
Back in the U.S.S.R.: 1944-1945
A Very Long Telegram: 1945-1946
A Grand Strategic Education: 1946
Mr. X: 1947
Policy Planner: 1947-1948
Policy Dissenter: 1948
Reprieve: 1949
Disengagement: 1950
Public Figure, Private Doubts: 1950-1951
Mr. Ambassador: 1952
Finding a Niche: 1953-1955
A Rare Possibility of Usefulness: 1955-1958
Kennedy and Yugoslavia: 1958-1963
Counter-Cultural Critic: 1963-1968
Prophet of the Apocalypse: 1968-1980
A Precarious Vindication: 1980-1990
Last Things: 1991-2005
Epilogue: Greatness
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations to Notes and Bibliography
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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