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George F. Kennan by John Lewis Gaddis
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Jan 28, 2012

it was amazing
Read in January, 2012

John Lewis Gaddis has written a superb biography of George Kennan.

The narrative begins with Kennan's youth in Wisconsin and dovetails quickly to his formative years at Princeton and in the Foreign Service. The bulk of the book describes Kennan's extensive diplomatic experience from the onset of WWII through his service as Ambassador of Yugoslavia during the Kennedy administration.

Kennan epitomizes the quintessential "wise man" public servant of the post-WWII generation. His lamentation of America and Western culture generally is a particularly interesting aspect of his personality.


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