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At a Century's Ending: Reflections, 1982-1995

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This volume of essays, reviews and speeches reflects on the forces and events that have shaped the modern era, looking at its dangers, its enigmas and its possibilities.
Hardcover, 351 pages
Published December 31st 1996 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1989)
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Gyoza
May 01, 2015 Gyoza rated it really liked it
This book is a collection of essays, articles, and speeches written by historian George F. Kennan in the 80's and 90's at the tail end of the Cold War. He was in the U.S. Foreign Service from the 1920's to the post WW2 era and even served briefly as American ambassador to the USSR. His views on the USSR, Eastern and Central Europe, the Cold War, American foreign policy, and the sometimes baleful effects of the American political process on foreign policy are very interesting, sometimes ...more
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Mar 14, 2016 Bimbo rated it really liked it
I read this book in particular because I wanted to know what the historian and former ambassador to the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia thought of the turmoil of the late eighties and early nineties which culminated in the war in then my country. What I found in the book was a chapter with concise recent history of the Balkans. It did not quench my thirst which is more a compliment than a reproach to the author. Naturally, several chapters are dedicated to the Soviet Union / Russia. There, a reader ...more
Steve
Nov 05, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it
This collection brings together articles, speeches and other works of the historian and diplomat from a period covering the heart of the Cold War through the fall of the Soviet Union. It is an interesting look back at this period through the eyes of a well-known expert in Russian history. About being a historian he writes, “...there are certain professions... in which one does not inquire anxiously into the results of one’s efforts, and the writing of history is one of them. The effort, here, ...more
Harald
I read this book as a follow-up to Kennan's "Sketches from a Life," but sad to say this book is a mixed bag of some really excellent analyses of Soviet-American relations and some by now very dated shorter commentary articles from newspapers. Just as anybody else, Kennan should be excused for not being prescient about the fall of the Soviet Union.
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George F. Kennan
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George F. Kennan

United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union
In office
May 14, 1952 – September 19, 1952
Preceded by Alan G. Kirk
Succeeded by Charles E. Bohlen
United States Ambassador to Yugoslavia
In office
May 16, 1961 – July 28, 1963
Preceded by Karl L. Rankin
Succeeded by Charles Burke Elbrick
Born February 16, 1904(1904-0
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