Kennan

A Life between Worlds

Frank Costigliola

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A definitive biography of the U.S. diplomat and prize-winning historian George F. Kennan

The diplomat and historian George F. Kennan (1904–2005) ranks as one of the most important figures in American foreign policy—and one of its most complex. Drawing on many previously untapped sources, Frank Costigliola’s authoritative biography offers a new picture of a man of extraordinary ability and ambition whose idea of containing the Soviet Union helped ignite the Cold War but who spent the next half century trying to extinguish it. Always prescient, Kennan in the 1990s warned that the eastward expansion of NATO would spur a new cold war with Russia.

Even as Kennan championed rational realism in foreign policy, his personal and professional lives were marked by turmoil. And though he was widely respected and honored by presidents and the public, he judged his career a failure because he had been dropped as a pilot of U.S. foreign policy. Impossible to classify, Kennan was a sui generis thinker, a trenchant critic of both communism and capitalism, and a pioneering environmentalist. Living between Russia and the United States, he witnessed firsthand Stalin’s tightening grip on the Soviet Union, the collapse of Europe during World War II, and the nuclear arms race of the Cold War.

An absorbing portrait of an eloquent, insightful, and sometimes blinkered iconoclast whose ideas are still powerfully relevant, Kennan invites us to imagine a world that Kennan fought for but was unable to bring about—one not of confrontations and crises but of dialogue and diplomacy.

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Lecture, Evil empire, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, United States Department of State, Counter-revolutionary, A Terrible Mistake, Total war, Nikita Khrushchev, Franklin D. Roosevelt, War crime, Hungarian Revolution of 1956, Weimar Republic, Huey Long, Mr., Great Disappointment, Sinclair Lewis, On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences, Konrad Adenauer, Nuclear arms race, Ostracism, Anti-communism, George F. Kennan, Ridicule, Great Purge, Boris Godunov, George Kennan (explorer), Karl Marx, Carmel Offie, Drew Pearson (journalist), Russians, Jeremiad, Soviet dissidents, Soviet Empire, Jimmy Carter, German Order (decoration), Atlantic Community, Persona non grata, Round Table, Kurt Schuschnigg, World War II, Ash heap of history, Henry A. Wallace, War, Aftermath of World War II, Big lie, Lazar Kaganovich, Cold War, Svetlana Alliluyeva, Josip Broz Tito, Lavrentiy Beria, Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Un-American, Memoir, Jingoism, Communist propaganda, Demagogue, Paul-Henri Spaak, Secret police, American Thinker, Maxim Litvinov, Appeasement, Theodore Dreiser, Mail, Russian culture, West Germany, Containment, Marshall Plan, Eros and Civilization, John Hersey, Plausible deniability, Nazi propaganda, Nazi Germany, Romanticism, Superiority (short story), Police state, Bolsheviks, Stereotypes of Jews, War and Peace, Scholasticism, German re-armament, Muckraker, Fall of the Western Roman Empire, Imperialism, John F. Kennedy, Cold War (1985–91), Soviet Union–United States relations, Loss of China, W. Averell Harriman, Cataclysm (Dragonlance), Reprisal, Disenchantment, Nuclear warfare, Time of Troubles, Anti-Americanism, Communism, Dean Rusk, Disarmament, John Lewis Gaddis