George Kennan : A Writing Life
by Lee Congdon


Overview - There were two George F. Kennans. The first was the well-known diplomat and ambassador to the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia--a tough political realist and man of the world who gained fame as the theorist of America's Cold War "containment" strategy.  Read more...

 
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Overview
There were two George F. Kennans. The first was the well-known diplomat and ambassador to the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia--a tough political realist and man of the world who gained fame as the theorist of America's Cold War "containment" strategy. This was a "persona" that Kennan adopted in order to carry out his professional responsibilities. The second, largely unknown, but real George Kennan was a writer and aesthete--a shy, lonely man who felt alienated from both his country and his times, and a man who made major contributions to American literature.

Thus argues Lee Congdon in George Kennan: A Writing Life, a groundbreaking study of Kennan's life and thought. Congdon narrates Kennan's legendary work in the foreign service, his later career as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, and the schools of thought to which he made significant contributions: political realism, antidemocratic social and political criticism, Spenglerian gloom, and conservative cultural analysis. Congdon concludes that notwithstanding his great accomplishments as a diplomat and geopolitical strategist, Kennan merits consideration above all else as an original and penetrating American writer.


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  • ISBN-13: 9781933859712
  • ISBN-10: 1933859717
  • Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute
  • Publish Date: November 2008
  • Page Count: 219
  • Dimensions: 8.76 x 6.28 x 0.82 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.97 pounds


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