Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “George Kennan: A Writing Life” as Want to Read:
George Kennan: A Writing Life
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

George Kennan: A Writing Life

by
4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  7 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
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, ...more
Hardcover, 225 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Intercollegiate Studies Institute
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about George Kennan, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about George Kennan

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-19)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Thomas
Nov 11, 2009 Thomas rated it really liked it
Having studied under Dr. Congdon as an undergrad, I enjoyed this book tremendously, as I enjoyed all of his courses. Reading this was almost like taking another class -- I could hear his voice as I read. I knew very little of Kennan before I read this, but it seems like a good introduction to his life. Obviously he is best known for his diplomatic work with the Soviet Union, but Congdon's book doesn't focus on that. What really struck me over and over was Congdon's descriptions of Kennan as a ...more
Kevin
Mar 05, 2009 Kevin rated it really liked it
Interesting short work on Kennan focused more on his writing and thinking than on his impact on diplomacy. Situates Kennan as a sort of 18th cent. European conservative out of place in modern America. Thought provoking and insightful at times, but might not be a good fit if you don't already know who Kennan is and what role he played in the Cold War period.
Aramis
Aramis rated it really liked it
Mar 21, 2013
Scott Baillargeon
Scott Baillargeon rated it liked it
Apr 24, 2013
Glenn
Glenn rated it it was amazing
Jul 09, 2016
Thomas Vesterdorf
Thomas Vesterdorf rated it it was amazing
Jul 26, 2013
Mac Read
Mac Read rated it really liked it
Jun 04, 2014
Susannah
Susannah marked it as to-read
Jul 07, 2009
Steven Harbin
Steven Harbin marked it as to-read
Nov 22, 2011
Taylor
Taylor marked it as to-read
Aug 12, 2012
Donald Forster
Donald Forster marked it as to-read
Jan 09, 2014
Marcy
Marcy marked it as to-read
Jul 26, 2014
Adair
Adair marked it as to-read
Sep 06, 2014
Aram Araratyan
Aram Araratyan marked it as to-read
Oct 27, 2014
Emma Mnatsakanyan
Emma Mnatsakanyan marked it as to-read
Oct 31, 2014
John
John marked it as to-read
Mar 20, 2016
Lovelle
Lovelle marked it as to-read
May 20, 2016
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book