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    George Kennan and the Dilemmas of US Foreign Policy

    By: David Mayers

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    One of a select group of American foreign service officers to receive specialized training on the Soviet Union in the late 1920s and early 1930s, George Frost Kennan eventually became the American governments chief expert on Soviet affairs during the height of the Cold War. Drawing upon a wealth of original research, David Mayers fascinating life of George Kennan examines his high-level participation in foreign policy-making and interprets his political and philosophical development within a historical framework. Mayers presents an engaging and lucid account of Kennans training; his rise to prominence during the late 1940s and his policy failures; and his later roles as critic of Americas external policy, advocate of detente with the Soviet Union, and proponent of nuclear arms limitation. Mayers also explores Kennans complicated relationships with such important political figures and analysts as Dean Acheson, John Foster Dulles, and Walter Lippmann.

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