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George Kennan : a study of character

Author: John Lukacs
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2007.
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"A man of impressive mental powers, of extraordinary intellectual range, and - last, but not least, - of exceptional integrity, George Frost Kennan (1904-2005) was an adviser to presidents and secretaries of state, with a decisive role in the history of this country (and of the entire world) for a few crucial years in the 1940s, after which he was made to retire; but then he became a scholar who wrote seventeen  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lukacs, John, 1924-
George Kennan.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2007
(OCoLC)606150977
Online version:
Lukacs, John, 1924-
George Kennan.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2007
(OCoLC)608147208
Named Person: George F Kennan; George Frost Kennan; George Frost Kennan
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Lukacs
ISBN: 9780300122213 0300122217 9780300143065 0300143060
OCLC Number: 76925171
Description: viii, 207 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: A lonely youth --
In the Foreign Service --
First officer on the bridge of the ship of state --
Washington to Princeton --
A conscience of a nation --
The historian --
Philosophy, religion; memory; old age --
Appendix: Two finest hours.
Responsibility: John Lukacs.
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"A man of impressive mental powers, of extraordinary intellectual range, and - last, but not least, - of exceptional integrity, George Frost Kennan (1904-2005) was an adviser to presidents and secretaries of state, with a decisive role in the history of this country (and of the entire world) for a few crucial years in the 1940s, after which he was made to retire; but then he became a scholar who wrote seventeen books, scores of essays and articles, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir. He also wrote remarkable public lectures and many thousands of incisive letters, laying down his pen only in the hundredth year of his life." "Having risen within the American Foreign Service and been posted to various European capitals, twice to Moscow, Kennan in 1946 was called back to Washington, where he helped to inspire the Truman Doctrine and draft the Marshall Plan. Among other things, he wrote the "X" or "Containment" article, for which he became world famous - an article which he regarded as not very important and liable to misreading. John Lukacs describes the development and the essence of Kennan's thinking; the - perhaps unavoidable - misinterpretations of his advocacies; his self-imposed task as a leading realist critic during the Cold War; and the importance of his work as a historian during the second half of his long life."--BOOK JACKET.

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