Biography: George F. Kennan: An American Life, John Lewis Gaddis

In the late 1940s, US diplomat George Kennan wrote two documents – the “Long Telegram” and the “X Article” — that inspired the Truman Doctrine and the policy of Soviet Union ”containment,” and subsequently became an expert on the Cold War. Yale historian John Lewis Gaddis’ book has been thirty years in the making, and during his life Kennan granted him several interviews as well as access to all of his personal documents, allowing Gaddis to write a detailed, empathetic portrait of the great man.

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