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George F. Kennan : an American life / John Lewis Gaddis.

By: Gaddis, John Lewis.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2011Description: xi, 784 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781594203121 (hardcover); 1594203121 (hardcover); 9780143122159; 0143122150.Subject(s): Kennan, George F. (George Frost), 1904-2005 | United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1989 | World politics -- 1945-1989 | United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union | Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States | Cold War -- Diplomatic history | Diplomats -- United States -- Biography | Ambassadors -- United States -- BiographyDDC classification: 327.730092 | B LOC classification: E748.K374 | G34 2011Other classification: NQ 8454
Contents:
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.
Awards: Winner of the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography. | Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.Summary: A remarkably revealing view of how this greatest of Cold War strategists came to doubt his strategy and always doubted himself.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [703]-749, [751]-762) and index.

A remarkably revealing view of how this greatest of Cold War strategists came to doubt his strategy and always doubted himself.

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.

Winner of the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography.

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.

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Library Journal Review

Prolific author and New York Times-heralded "Dean of Cold War Historians," Gaddis presents a massive and magnificent biography of George Frost Kennan (1904-2005). A Times obit described Kennan as "the American diplomat who did more than any other envoy of his generation to shape U.S. policy during the cold war." Drawing on unprecedented access to Kennan's personal papers and diaries as well as numerous interviews with the subject, his family members, and many influential diplomats and government officials, Gaddis reveals how Kennan's work continues to influence American foreign policy. This exhaustive analysis weaves details of the subject's life with his numerous high-level relationships with world leaders and reminds listeners of the dilemmas and aspirations our nation faced during this period. VERDICT Professional narrator Malcolm Hillgartner's lively, personable reading of this huge work is impressive as he maintains listener interest in this important addition to our understanding of American foreign policy during the Cold War. Highly recommended for all university libraries and government wonks. ["Highly recommended for Cold War scholars and for all library collections, alongside Nicholas Thompson's more personal The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War," read the review of the Penguin Group (USA) hc, LJ 9/15/11.-Ed.]-Dale Farris, Groves, TX (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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John Lewis Gaddis (born 1941 in Cotulla, Texas, U.S.) is a noted historian of the Cold War and grand strategy, who has been hailed as the "Dean of Cold War Historians" by the New York Times. Cold War (Allen Lane, 2006) was Waterstone's Book of the Month. He is the Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History at Yale University.

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