George Kennan: a writing life
Intercollegiate Studies I, 2008 - 219 ページ
There were two George F. Kennans. The first was the well-known diplomat and ambassador to the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia—a tough political realist and man of the world who gained fame as the theorist of America’s Cold War “containment” strategy. This was a “persona” that Kennan adopted in order to carry out his professional responsibilities. The second, largely unknown, but real George Kennan was a writer and aesthete—a shy, lonely man who felt alienated from both his country and his times, and a man who made major contributions to American literature.
Thus argues Lee Congdon in George Kennan: A Writing Life, a groundbreaking study of Kennan’s life and thought. Congdon narrates Kennan’s legendary work in the foreign service, his later career as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, and the schools of thought to which he made significant contributions: political realism, antidemocratic social and political criticism, Spenglerian gloom, and conservative cultural analysis. Congdon concludes that notwithstanding his great accomplishments as a diplomat and geopolitical strategist, Kennan merits consideration above all else as an original and penetrating American writer.
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Review: George Kennan: A Writing Lifeユーザー レビュー - Thomas - Goodreads
Having studied under Dr. Congdon as an undergrad, I enjoyed this book tremendously, as I enjoyed all of his courses. Reading this was almost like taking another class -- I could hear his voice as I ... レビュー全文を読む
Review: George Kennan: A Writing Lifeユーザー レビュー - Kevin - Goodreads
Interesting short work on Kennan focused more on his writing and thinking than on his impact on diplomacy. Situates Kennan as a sort of 18th cent. European conservative out of place in modern America ... レビュー全文を読む
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