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We can be grateful to John Lewis Gaddis for bringing Kennan back to us, thoughtful, human, self-centred, contradictory, inspirational - a permanent spur as consciences are wont to be. Masterfully researched, exhaustively documented, Gaddis's moving work gives us a figure with whom, however one might differ on details, it was a privilege to be a contemporary. -- Henry A. Kissinger New York Times Book Review Kennan's life maps right onto twentieth-century political history, and no one is better qualified than Gaddis to lead the way through it ... Gaddis has written with care and elegance, and he has produced a biography whose fineness is worthy of its subject. -- Louis Menand New Yorker Well worth the wait. George F. Kennan: An American Life works brilliantly as a piece of intellectual history, and as a biography of a fascinating and complex man. Fortunately, both Gaddis and Kennan write beautifully. -- Gideon Rachman Financial Times
John Lewis Gaddis (born 1941 in Cotulla, Texas, U.S.) is a noted historian of the Cold War and grand strategy, who has been hailed as the "Dean of Cold War Historians" by the New York Times. Cold War (Allen Lane, 2006) was Waterstone's Book of the Month. He is the Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History at Yale University.
This was an excellent biography from the start. A good biographer lets the subject tell the story and not add anything except the subject's thoughts and experiences. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Sparrenberger
Being a history major and a lover of Cold War history I've always heard of him in other books and the contributions he made. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas S.
Outstanding, as both the biography of a brilliant, prophetic man and as a post WWII diplomatic history of the US. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JeffS
This biography is both authorized by the subject and is definitive and done with no direct participation or editorial control by the subject. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jeffrey J. Ward
Free at last! If you get very far into this 697 page book, you'll continue, but it took me two weeks of part-time very determined reading. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Neil Silver
John Lewis Gaddis is a brilliant diplomatic historian and he does justice to one of America's most influential diplomats of the 20th century. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Patrick Cronin
Gaddis is well know to have an Encyclopedic knowledge of the Cold War. He also had Kennan's blessings in writing this biography. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Robert Allen