American Diplomacy

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University of Chicago Press, 1984 - Political Science - 179 pages
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Drawing on his diplomatic experience and expertise, George F. Kennan offers an informed, plain-spoken appraisal of United States foreign policy. His evaluations of diplomatic history and international relations cut to the heart of policy issues much debated today.

This expanded edition retains the lectures and essays first published in 1951 as American Diplomacy, 1900-1950 and adds two lectures delivered in 1984 as well as a new preface by the author. In these additional pieces, Kennan explains how some of his ideas have changed over the years. He confronts the events and topics that have come to occupy American opinion in the last thirty years, including the development and significance of the Cold War, the escalation of the nuclear arms race, and the American involvement in Vietnam.

"A book about foreign policy by a man who really knows something about foreign policy."—James Reston,New York Times Book Review

"These celebrated lectures, delivered at the University of Chicago in 1950, were for many years the most widely read account of American diplomacy in the first half of the twentieth century. . . . The second edition of the work contains two lectures from 1984 that reconsider the themes of American Diplomacy"—Foreign Affairs, Significant Books of the Last 75 Years.

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User Review  - gregdehler - LibraryThing

I agree with the pervious reviews in that this was not a well rounded history. It is an interpretation of some mistakes, as Kennan sees them, in previous American diplomatic episodes. The book argues ... Read full review

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User Review  - Scapegoats - LibraryThing

A great set of essays (based on lectures) by the father of Containment. It is less history than commentary. In fact, some of the details of his history are shaky. That doesn't diminish from the ... Read full review

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George F. Kennan, former ambassador to the Soviet Union and to Yugoslavia, is Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey.

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