Journals Higher Education



Published: 12 April 1990

416 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195063189

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George Kennan and the Dilemmas of US Foreign Policy

David Mayers

Drawing upon a wealth of original research, David Mayers' fascinating life of George Kennan examines his participation in the process of making foreign policy and interprets his political and philosophical development within a historical framework. He presents an engaging and lucid account of Kennan's training; his rise to prominence during the late 1940s and his policy failures; and his later role as critic of America's external policy, advocate of détente with the Soviet Union, and proponent of nuclear arms limitation. Mayers also explores Kennan's complicated relationships with such prominent political figures and analysts of his time as Dean Acheson, John Foster Dulles, and Walter Lippmann.


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