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The Resource George F. Kennan : an American life, John Lewis Gaddis

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

Label
George F. Kennan : an American life
Title
George F. Kennan
Title remainder
an American life
Statement of responsibility
John Lewis Gaddis
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the late 1940s, George Kennan wrote two documents, the 'Long Telegram' and the 'X Article, ' which set forward the strategy of containment that would define U.S. policy toward the Soviet Union for the next four decades. This achievement alone would qualify him as the most influential American diplomat of the Cold War era. But he was also an architect of the Marshall Plan, a prizewinning historian, and would become one of the most outspoken critics of American diplomacy, politics, and culture during the last half of the twentieth century. Now the full scope of Kennan's long life and vast influence is revealed by one of today's most important Cold War scholars. Yale historian John Lewis Gaddis began this magisterial history almost thirty years ago, interviewing Kennan frequently and gaining complete access to his voluminous diaries and other personal papers. So frank and detailed were these materials that Kennan and Gaddis agreed that the book would not appear until after Kennan's death. It was well worth the wait: the journals give this book a breathtaking candor and intimacy that match its century-long sweep. We see Kennan's insecurity as a Midwesterner among elites at Princeton, his budding dissatisfaction with authority and the status quo, his struggles with depression, his gift for satire, and his sharp insights on the policies and people he encountered. Kennan turned these sharp analytical gifts upon himself, even to the point of regularly recording dreams. The result is a remarkably revealing view of how this greatest of Cold War strategists came to doubt his strategy and always doubted himself. This is a landmark work of history and biography that reveals the vast influence and rich inner landscape of a life that both mirrored and shaped the century it spanned
Awards note
  • Winner of the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography.
  • Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gaddis, John Lewis
Dewey number
  • 327.730092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E748.K374
LC item number
G34 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Kennan, George F.
  • Kennan, George F.
  • Cold War (1945-1989)
  • United States
  • World politics
  • United States
  • Soviet Union
  • Cold War
  • Diplomats
  • Ambassadors
  • Ambassadors
  • Diplomacy
  • Diplomatic relations
  • Diplomats
  • World politics
  • Soviet Union
  • United States
Label
George F. Kennan : an American life, John Lewis Gaddis
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 703-749, 751-762) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
1322693
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 784 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9781594203121
Lccn
2011021786
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1322693
  • (Sirsi) 1322693
  • (OCoLC)707969078
Label
George F. Kennan : an American life, John Lewis Gaddis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 703-749, 751-762) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
1322693
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 784 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9781594203121
Lccn
2011021786
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1322693
  • (Sirsi) 1322693
  • (OCoLC)707969078

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