At a Century's Ending: Reflections, 1982-1995

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1997 - History - 351 pages
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In this new volume of essays, reviews, and speeches, statesman George F. Kennan reflects on the forces that have shaped this tragic century. "It is an inspiration to read (Kennan's) reflections on the eternal truths of mortality and power".--John Keegan, "London Daily Telegraph".

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Less interesting than his earlier works. He describes his continuing adherence to the principal of getting along with the Soviet Union, particularly his emphasis on disarmament. He disagreed strongly ... Read full review

AT A CENTURY'S ENDING: Reflections 1982-1995

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Forty glittering, insightful essays, speeches, and reviews on the tumultuous 20th century, from nonagenarian Kennan, the dean of diplomatic historians (Around the Cragged Hill, 1993; Sketches from a ... Read full review


Nuclear Weapons and Christian Faith
The State of U S Soviet Relations
Americas FarEastern Policy at the Height of the Cold
American Policy Toward Russia on the Eve of the 1984
First Things First at the Summit
Foreword to The Pathology of Power
Threat Lies in Arms Race Not Force
The Buried Past
Letter to Robert Tucker
Foreword to Before the Storm by Marion Gräfin
Keeping the Faith
Morality and Foreign Policy
Security and the Moscow Embassy
Somalia Through a Glass Darkly
History Literature and the Road to Peterhof

Cold War Its Decline and Fall
for Accommodation
1913 and 1993
In the American Mirror
The Gorbachev Prospect
Acceptance Speech Gold Medal for History
The New Russia as a Neighbor

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George F. Kennan, February 16, 1904 - March 17, 2005 George Kennan was born Feb. 16, 1904, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended Saint John's Military Academy and then Princeton University, graduating in 1926 and entering the diplomatic corps. He travelled to Genoa in 1927, and in 1929 was assigned as third secretary attached to all of the Baltic Republics. In 1933, he went to Moscow with Ambassador William Bullitt, where he remained until 1937. He then spent a year in the U. S., a year in Prague, and then went to the U. S. Embassy in Berlin where he helped to develop a peace settlement. Kennan was in Berlin when Nazi Germany declared war on the U. S., and was interned for several months, before finally returning to the States in May of 1942. During the war, he represented the U. S. in Portugal, and was part of the delegation to the European Advisory Commission. In 1944 he returned to the embassy in Moscow. In April 1947, after returning to the States, Kennan became chairman of the Policy Planning Staff at the State Department. It was there that he penned an anonymous article, titled "The Sources of Soviet Conduct" but better known as the "X article", in the July 1947 Foreign Affairs, which advocated a containment policy. He is considered to have been the "architect" of the Cold War. Kennan was appointed Ambassador to the Soviet Union in 1952, but was recalled in October after a diplomatic incident in Berlin where he compared the Soviet Union to Nazi Germany. Kennan retired from the Foreign Service in 1953, and joined the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where he remained until retirement. During that time he also served as Ambassador to the USSR and to Yugoslavia for a short time. Kennan has continued to write and lecture on foreign policy and the Soviet Union into the '90s. In 1981 he was awarded the Albert Einstein Peace Prize for his efforts to improve U.S.-Soviet relations. He also won the Pulitzer Prize twice, initially in 1957 for Russia Leaves the War: Soviet-American Relations, 1917-192O, and then again in 1968 for Memoirs. At age 85, he received the Medal of Freedom. George F. Kennan died on March 17, 2005 at the age of 101.

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