George Kennan and the Dilemmas of US Foreign Policy

Paperback | May 1, 1988

byDavid Mayers

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One of a select group of American foreign service officers to receive specialized training on the Soviet Union in the late 1920s and early 1930s, George Frost Kennan eventually became the American government's chief expert on Soviet affairs during the height of the Cold War. Drawing upon a wealth of original research, David Mayers' fascinating life of George Kennan examines his high-level participation in foreign policy-making and interprets his political and philosophical development within a historical framework. Mayers presents an engaging and lucid accountof Kennan's training; his rise to prominence during the late 1940s and his policy failures; and his later roles as critic of America's external policy, advocate of detente with the Soviet Union, and proponent of nuclear arms limitation. Mayers also explores Kennan's complicated relationships withsuch important political figures and analysts as Dean Acheson, John Foster Dulles, and Walter Lippmann.

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One of a select group of American foreign service officers to receive specialized training on the Soviet Union in the late 1920s and early 1930s, George Frost Kennan eventually became the American government's chief expert on Soviet affairs during the height of the Cold War. Drawing upon a wealth of original research, David...

David Mayers is Associate Professor of Political Science at Boston University. He is the author of Cracking the Monolith: U.S. Policy Against the Sino-Soviet Alliance, 1945-55 and co-editor of Reevaluating Eisenhower: American Foreign Policy in the 1950s.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.13 × 6.06 × 0.98 inPublished:May 1, 1988Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019506318X

ISBN - 13:9780195063189

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"The best of the new critical studies of Kennan."--The New Republic