George Kennan (Hardcover)

A Writing Life

By Lee Congdon

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 9781933859712, 219pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2008



Narrates writer and aesthete George Kennan's work in the foreign service. This book also narrates his career as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, and the schools of thought to which he made significant contributions: political realism, antidemocratic social and political criticism, and Spenglerian gloom.

About the Author

Lee Congdon is Professor Emeritus of History at James Madison University, where he taught for thirty-three years. He is the author of a trilogy on twentieth-century Hungarian intellectuals and coeditor of two volumes on the Hungarian Revolution. In 1999 the Republic of Hungary decorated him with its Order of Merit. Congdon was a Visiting Member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in 1981 82, and a Summer Visitor at the institute in 2007. He has written hundreds of articles, essays, and reviews on history, philosophy, literature, politics, and baseball."