George F. Kennan : An American Life

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  • Copyright: 2012-08-28
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
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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 ago; the result is a remarkably revealing view of how this greatest of Cold War strategists came to doubt his strategy and always doubted himself.

Author Biography

John Lewis Gaddis is the Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale University. His previous books include The United States and the Origins of the Cold War; Strategies of Containment; The Long Peace; We Now Know; The Landscape of History; Surprise, Security, and the American Experience; and The Cold War: A New History. Professor Gaddis teaches courses on Cold War history, grand strategy, international studies, and biography; has won two Yale undergraduate teaching awards; was a 2005 recipient of the National Humanities Medal; and is the winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for George F. Kennan.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Childhood: 1904-1921p. 3
Princeton: 1921-1925p. 23
The Foreign Service: 1925-1931p. 39
Marriage-and Moscow: 1931-1933p. 60
The Origins of Soviet-American Relations: 1933-1936p. 79
Rediscovering America: 1936-1938p. 99
Czechoslovakia and Germany: 1938-1941p. 120
The United States at War: 1941-1944p. 147
Back in the U.S.S.R.: 1944-1945p. 172
A Very Long Telegram: 1945-1946p. 201
A Grand Strategic Education: 1946p. 225
Mr. X: 1947p. 249
Policy Planner: 1947-1948p. 276
Policy Dissenter: 1948p. 309
Reprieve: 1949p. 337
Disengagement: 1950p. 371
Public Figure, Private Doubts: 1950-1951p. 407
Mr. Ambassador: 1952p. 439
Finding a Niche: 1953-1955p. 477
A Rare Possibility of Usefulness: 1955-1958p. 506
Kennedy and Yugoslavia: 1958-1963p. 538
Counter-Cultural Critic: 1963-1968p. 577
Prophet of the Apocalypse: 1968-1980p. 613
A Precarious Vindication: 1980-1990p. 647
Last Things: 1991-2005p. 676
Epilogue: Greatnessp. 693
Acknowledgmentsp. 699
Abbreviations to Notes and Bibliographyp. 701
Notesp. 703
Bibliographyp. 751
Indexp. 763
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