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Memoirs, 1925-1950 This Book Is The Personal And Professional Record Of One Of America S Most Distinguished Diplomats, George F Kennan On His Graduation From Princeton In 1925, Moved Perhaps By The Example Of His Distant Cousin George Kennan, Who Wrote The Classic Work On Siberia, The Younger George Prepared To Enter The Foreign Service After A Short Exposure To Diplomacy In Germany And On The Baltic Coast, The Young Consul Felt So Inadequate That He Was About To Resign His Career Was Salvaged When The State Department Registered Him As A Student Of Russian At The University Of Berlin, And Here He Began To Acquire His Knowledge Of And Insight Into The Russian Character Which Were To Serve Him So Well.It Has Been Mr Kennan S Destiny To Be Posted Repeatedly At The Threshold Of Crises His Fluency In Russian Make Him An Indispensable Member Of Ambassador Bullitt S Small Staff Which Reopened The American Embassy In Moscow In 1933 He Was An Observer At Stalin S Famous Purge Trials He Was In Prague When The Germans Took Over Czechoslovakia When Hitler Declared War On The United States, Mr Kennan Was In Berlin And Was Interned For Six Months He Was Harriman S Right Hand Man In Moscow From 1944 To 1946 During The Strenuous War Negotiations With The Kremlin Throughout This Long Exposure To The Agony Of Europe, Mr Kennan Was Evolving Policies For Dealing With The Russians And, After The End Of The War, The Germans His Russian Policies He Defined In A Series Of Farsighted Position Papers, Which Were Sent To The State Department And Pigeonholed Without Comment These Historic Papers Have Been Released By The State Department And Are Published At The End Of This Volume.When He Was Recalled To Washington In 1946, Kennan Came Into His Own As A Positive Force In American Foreign Policy President Truman And Secretary Marshall Gave Him The Scope Which F.D.R Had Denied Him Kennan Played A Formative Part In The Development And Application Of The Marshall Plan He Was Sent To Japan To Help Reform Our Occupational Policy He Drew Up A Blueprint For The Peaceful Settlement Of Central Europe A Settlement In Which He Strongly Resisted The Rearming Of Germany With Nuclear Weapons.This Long And Detailed Account Of Twenty Five Years Of Diplomatic History Is Written With Extraordinary Eloquence And Lucidity Mr Kennan S Portraits Of Stalin, William Bullitt, Alexander Kirk, Harry Hopkins, General Marshall, Ambassador Harriman And Charles Bohlen Are Superbly Drawn The Generous Excerpts From His Journals Reveal His Sensitivity To Human Details And His Skill At Evoking Scenes And Incidents From His Travels In Many Lands.Mr Kennan Never Loses The Overview Transcending He Personal Encounters, The Specific Events And Positions, Are His Clearly Articulated Principles For The Just Government Of Foreign Affairs In A World For Which, Like It Or Not, We As Americans Bear A Major Responsibility This Makes These Memoirs The Most Important Book Mr Kennan Has Yet Written.


10 thoughts on “Memoirs, 1925-1950

  1. says:

    George Kennan was an American diplomat stationed in the Soviet Union before and after World War II He was also in Germany when the United States entered the war in December, 1941 He, along with other American diplomats, was incarcerated in Germany, only to be released in mid 1942 Mr Kennan does not dwell on this I only mention it because I was unaware of this detainment of the diplomats of the United States.Mr Kennan spoke fluent Russian and German Unlike many diplomats George Kennan was George Kennan was an American diplomat stationed in the Soviet Union before and after World War II He was also in Germany when the United States entered the war in December, 1941 He, along with other American diplomats, was incarcerated in Germany, only to be released in mid 1942 Mr Kennan does not dwell on this I only mention it because I was unaware of this detainment of the diplomats of the United St...


  2. says:

    I read this over a period of several years at breakfast only This memoir covers some really important moments in modern history, and Kennan s writing is excellent VERY interesting to see how spot on Kennan writing in 1967 was about the USSR and even about today s foreign policy He did write with a little chip on his shoulder not all his advice was accepted by politicians When I finished it three years before this writing I thought it was almost worth starting over to read again, this I read this over a period of several years at breakfast only This memoir covers some really important moments in modern history, and Kennan s writing is excellent VERY interesting to see how spot on Kennan writing in 1967 was about the USSR and even about today s foreign policy He did write with a little chip on his shoulder not all his advice was accepted by politicians When I finished it three years before this writing I thought it was almost worth starting over to read again, this ...


  3. says:

    George Kennan was a foreign service officer, trained in the 1920s and 1930s in Germany He was stationed in Riga to learn Russian He observed the rise of Hitler in Germany, and was in the Soviet Union during the purges and WWII He knew John Paton Davies, who might be described as his counterpart in China during these years He was ambassador to the Soviet Union, a rare appointment of a p...


  4. says:

    This was a well written work on the involvement of the united states in world affairs in the time period of 1925 to 1950 in the view of the author It was a very dry read for me, Was very glad to reach the end.


  5. says:

    George Kennan was the foremost Russian authority in America during his time which was basically for the past century as he lived until age 101 in 2005 This book focuses on his rise through the Department of State from Foreign Service officer to a respected voice on Russian and German affairs in particular, and European and Asian affairs in general Kennan begins by briefly touching on his youth in Milwaukee, and closes by describing how he gradually fell out of favor in government and left a George Kennan was the foremost Russian authority in America during his time which was basically for the past century as he lived until age 101 in 2005 This book focuses on his rise through the Department of State from Foreign Service officer to a respected voice on Russian and German affairs in particular, and European and Asian affairs in general Kennan begins by briefly touching on his youth in Milwaukee, and closes by describing how he gradually fell out of favor in government and left a few months after the onset of the Korean War in 1950 Kennan quotes liberally from his copious and extensive diary entries Indeed, the entries are so full of detailed information about people, places, and things that coupled with all of the official papers and memos that he wrote during his government career one wonders if he ever had time to do anything else other than write But the diary entries that he chose to highlight here really provide the most interesting reading he writes of encoun...


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    What an unexpectedly wonderful book I pulled this one from my shelf as part of a New Year s resolution to readof the books I already have, and I m so glad that I did Kennan is a fascinating man who overcome paralyzing social anxiety to build an incredible life and career in the foreign service Like a world history version of Where s Waldo, Kennan pops his head up in just about every major world event that took place during his tenure with the State Department, almost always with brillia What an unexpectedly wo...


  7. says:

    You probably don t want to read this book its an academic or intellectual self biography about cold war politics, and I confess I bogged down and quit on page 373 but if someone else could please review 374 to 500 plus annexes, I would appreciate it The tone is dry, pretends to be impersonal, and quotes from a vast body of writing that Kennan evidently kept intact for years Mention of his personal life is limited, and the scope is around the world political, how he saw it, and how he You probably don t want to read this book its an academic or intellectual self biography about cold war politics, and I confess I bogged down and quit on page 373 but if someone else could please review 374 to 500 plus annexes, I would appreciate it The tone is dry, pretends to be impersonal, and quotes from a vast body of writing that Kennan evidently kept intact for years Mention of his personal life is limited, and the scope is around the world political, how he saw it, and how he impacted it In summary, a book for a scholar, not for a general reader.Kennan was one of the great architects of the cold war and the...


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    George Kennan s Memoirs, 1925 1950 tells the story of Kennan s rise to become one of the United States leading diplomats and major architects of the Cold War The book contains Kennan s detailed analysis on Germany, Russia, as well as other countries that got pulled into the Cold War What might be apparent to the reader what seemed to be the case to me was that his commentary around his quoted analysis seemed rather sensible but within the analysis itself, it seemed eerily nationalistic, tal George Kennan s Memoirs, 1925 1950 tells the story of Kennan s rise to become one of the United States leading diplomats and major architects of the Cold War The book contains Kennan s detailed analysis on Germany, Russia, as well as other countries that got pulled into the Cold War What might be apparent to the reader what seemed to be the case to me was that his commentary around his quoted analysis seemed rather sensible but within the analysis itself, it seemed eerily nationalistic, talking about the great pride of the German peoples, for example, or at turns orientialist, when he discusses how the United States can t trust the Russians Another issue worth discussing is Kennan s Cold War containment policy He tells in the book that he never intended it to bec...


  9. says:

    This is the second time I read this classic memoir Having just read his somewhat disappointing new biography by Gaddis, I thought I d go back to the source again, but sadly it didn t impress me as much as it did the first time I read it years ago Maybe it s just that I m older now, but Kennan for whom I have immense respect seems almost petulant at times, and clearly resents the way he has been treated over the years by the State Department and by a whole parade of luminaries and dimminari This is the second time I read this classic memoir Having just read his somewhat disappointing new biography by Gaddis, I thought I d go back to the source again, but sadly it didn t impress me as much as it did the first time I read it years ago Maybe it s just that I m older now, but Kennan for whom I have immense ...


  10. says:

    This is a fantastic book Like all information, it implicitly but deeply condemns our current foreign policy I must say the insights about where policy goes awry remain fresh and insightful.


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