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Product Details

  • Series: Walgreen Foundation Lectures
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; Enlarged edition (June 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226431487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226431482
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A book about foreign policy by a man who really knows something about foreign policy.”

(New York Times)

“A classic foreign policy text.”

(Washington Post Book World)

"The best short summary of the subject."

(Henry A. Kissinger 2011-11-13)

"Part of what makes Kennan so compelling is the sheer beauty of his prose—few other historians come close to matching its gorgeousness, which seems to come from his deep reading of great works of fiction. But what makes us go back to Kennan’s worksdecades after the Cold War are his enduring insights into American foreign policy. . . . To profit from his genius, American Diplomacy is the best place to start."
(American Conservative 2013-06-13)

About the Author

George F. Kennan (1905–2005) was former ambassador to the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, and professor in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bobby52 on February 20, 2014
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The 2012 "expanded" edition does not appear to have anything by Kennan that was not in the earlier 1984 edition, so if you have that, or have read that, you would only be interested in this for the lengthy "substantial new introduction by John J. Mearsheimer."
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There are true monuments of the American Diplomacy. These are people of a great talent and experience like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and I would say the author of this book George F. Kennan. He was an American ambassador to the Soviet Union in 1952 (dictator Stalin was alive). As prof. John J. Mearsheimer put it in his Introduction, "Kennan was a 'father of containment', the strategy the U.S. employed throughout Cold War to deal with the Soviet threat...played a central role in the making of the Marshall Plan, as well as the creation of Radio Free Europe and the CIA's covert operations directorate". Since 1945, the Anglo-Saxon dominance was checked and interrupted with the Soviets' actions that were made to fulfill an aggressive agenda, that is to control the world by any means. Kennan knew Soviets' thinking, he lived in Moscow as a diplomat long enough to learn first hand. He put a good historical account for those who want to know more about the art of making American diplomacy. It is not easy to be a superpower or an empire simply because the entire world is watching and judging you instantly.
This book is 192 pages long. It is interesting and helpful to recollect things from U.S. foreign policy we forgot about already.
Andrzej Mikolaj Gasienica
Chicago, Illinois
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