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George F. Kennan : an American life

Author: John Lewis Gaddis
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: George F Kennan; George F Kennan; George F Kennan; George F Kennan; George Frost Kennan
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Lewis Gaddis
ISBN: 9781594203121 1594203121
OCLC Number: 912471442
Awards: Winner of National Book Critics Circle Award (Biography) 2011
Winner of Pulitzer Prize (Biography) 2012
Description: xi, 784 p., [16] p. de lám. ; 25 cm
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.
Responsibility: John Lewis Gaddis.

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The full scope of George Kennan's long life and vast influence is revealed by one of today's most important Cold War scholars. Yale historian Gaddis began this magisterial history almost 30 years  Read more...

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