George Kennan Memoirs 1925-1950

ISBN-10: 0394716248

ISBN-13: 9780394716244

Edition: N/A

Authors: George F. Kennan

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List price: $25.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/12/1983
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 583
Size: 5.25" wide x 5.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.430

Peter Vronsky is an investigative journalist and a producer of documentary films for television. His work has appeared on PBS, Discovery Channel, MTV, CNN, and various international channels.George F. Kennan, February 16, 1904 - March 17, 2005 George Kennan was born Feb. 16, 1904, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended Saint John's Military Academy and then Princeton University, graduating in 1926 and entering the diplomatic corps. He travelled to Genoa in 1927, and in 1929 was assigned as third secretary attached to all of the Baltic Republics. In 1933, he went to Moscow with Ambassador William Bullitt, where he remained until 1937. He then spent a year in the U. S., a year in Prague, and then went to the U. S. Embassy in Berlin where he helped to develop a peace settlement. Kennan was in Berlin when Nazi Germany declared war on the U. S., and was interned for several months, before finally returning to the States in May of 1942. During the war, he represented the U. S. in Portugal, and was part of the delegation to the European Advisory Commission. In 1944 he returned to the embassy in Moscow. In April 1947, after returning to the States, Kennan became chairman of the Policy Planning Staff at the State Department. It was there that he penned an anonymous article, titled "The Sources of Soviet Conduct" but better known as the "X article", in the July 1947 Foreign Affairs, which advocated a containment policy. He is considered to have been the "architect" of the Cold War. Kennan was appointed Ambassador to the Soviet Union in 1952, but was recalled in October after a diplomatic incident in Berlin where he compared the Soviet Union to Nazi Germany. Kennan retired from the Foreign Service in 1953, and joined the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where he remained until retirement. During that time he also served as Ambassador to the USSR and to Yugoslavia for a short time. Kennan has continued to write and lecture on foreign policy and the Soviet Union into the '90s. In 1981 he was awarded the Albert Einstein Peace Prize for his efforts to improve U.S.-Soviet relations. He also won the Pulitzer Prize twice, initially in 1957 for Russia Leaves the War: Soviet-American Relations, 1917-192O, and then again in 1968 for Memoirs. At age 85, he received the Medal of Freedom. George F. Kennan died on March 17, 2005 at the age of 101.

A Personal Note
Training for Russia
Moscow and Washington in the 1930s
Prague, 1938-1939
Wartime Service in Germany
Portugal and the Azores
The European Advisory Commission
Moscow Again--and Poland
Moscow and the Victory in Europe
From V-E Day to Potsdam
The Long Telegram
The National War College
The Truman Doctrine
The Marshall Plan
The X-Article
Japan and MacArthur
The North Atlantic Alliance
Germany
The Future of Europe
Last Months in Washington
Annexes
Russia--Seven Years Later
Russia's International Position at the Close of the War with Germany
Excerpts from Telegraphic Message from Moscow of February 22, 1946
Excerpt from The United States and Russia
Index
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