A Study of Character
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Having risen within the American Foreign Service and been posted to various European capitals, and twice to Moscow, Kennan was called back to Washington in 1946, where he helped to inspire the Truman Doctrine and draft the Marshall Plan. Among other things, he wrote the X or Containment article for which he became, and still is, world famous (an article which he regarded as not very important and liable to misreading). John Lukacs describes the development and the essence of Kennan's thinking; theperhaps unavoidablemisinterpretations of his advocacies; his self-imposed task as a leading realist critic during the Cold War; and the importance of his work as a historian during the second half of his long life.
Praise For George Kennan: A Study of Character…
“In this short, brilliant study of a long, prodigious life, John Lukacs has demonstrated, yet again, his genius for capturing, with gimlet-eyed economy, the essence of the pivotal events and careers of history. In the shelves of books that have been written by and about George Kennan, this one deserves a place of honor.”—Strobe Talbott, President, The Brookings Institution
“John Lukacs has managed to capture the essence of the whole person more successfully than any of the earlier commentators on Kennan. He has done this in an admirably compact and readable volume.”—The Honorable Jack F. Matlock, Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.S.S.R., Former George F. Kennan Professor, Institute for Advanced Study
-The Honorable Jack F. Matlock
Yale University Press, 9780300122213, 224pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2007