By David Allan Mayers
This political-intellectual biography is the 1st to contemplate the idea of George Frost Kennan within the context of his decades of presidency provider and next political information. Drawing on in-depth and unique examine in various archival collections, Mayers offers a complete, serious evaluate of Kennan's participation in overseas policy--from fledgling diplomat in Moscow in 1933 to revered critic at the sidelines. Stressing through the a number of highbrow and political assets of Kennan's analyses and suggestions, Mayers first information Kennan's early occupation, the formation of his character, and highbrow impacts during the finish of global battle II. He then analyzes the $64000 interval from 1946 to 1950, whilst Kennan used to be stated because the American government's leader professional on Soviet affairs and held a excessive point position within the daily formula of international coverage. eventually, Mayers discusses Kennan's checklist after his retirement as a critic of America's exterior coverage, rather his help of a coverage of brilliant détente and nuclear palms drawback because the merely replacement to international destruction. the main exhaustive account up to now of a towering determine in American postwar international coverage, international relations, and highbrow heritage, this publication will allure a large readership between scholars, students, and common readers.
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Did they not realize that the enjoyment of leisure in a place like Sochi . . would presuppose a certain cultural level considerably above that of the average Russian worker? 9 Had he been consulted, Kennan would have advised the revolution's leaders along different lines. Factory workers just barely removed from rural life, he thought, could best be served by a return to their family villages. There, a bit of gossip, change of scene, and perhaps some agricultural work would help restore the flagging spirits of urban-dazed peasants.
To young Kennan, Fitzgerald's Princeton was irresistible, but his own experience was quite a different matter from the start. His scholastic preparation at St. John's was poor, and it was with difficulty—he failed two of the required entrance exams initially—and after a spell of special coaching by his sister Jeanette, that he gained admission. Worse still, he suffered greatly from and was appalled by the pervasive social snobbery, which effectively excluded him, and he spent an undistinguished four years as an undergraduate.
42 Though not the case at first—certainly not at Princeton—Kennan did eventually look upon his pioneer ancestors and his family's modest achievements as a source of permanence and steadiness. He, like them, remained puritanical and found through hard work, orderliness, and discipline an escape from aimlessness and misdirection. His oft-expressed love of beauty, palpable in the pains he has taken with his prose, does symbolize a departure from the provincialism and cultural coarseness of previous generations of Kennans.
George Kennan and the Dilemmas of US Foreign Policy by David Allan Mayers