"These celebrated lectures, delivered at the University of Chicago in 1950, were for many years the most widely read account of American diplomacy in the first half of the twentieth century. . . . The second edition of the work contains two lectures from 1984 that reconsider the themes of American Diplomacy"--Foreign Affairs, Significant Books of the Last 75 Years.
About the Author
George F. Kennan, former ambassador to the Soviet Union and to Yugoslavia, is Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey.
Table of Contents
Charles R. Walgreen Foundation Lectures
I. The War with Spain
II. Mr. Hippisley and the Open Door
III. America and the Orient
IV. World War I
V. World War II
VI. Diplomacy in the Modern World
The Sources of Soviet Conduct
America and the Russian Future
I. Reflections on the Walgreen Lectures
II. American Diplomacy and the Military
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A great set of essays (based on lectures) by the father of Containment. It is less history than commentary. In fact, some of the details of his history are shaky. That doesn't diminish from the insight of his commentary, though. This was aimed at an early Cold War audience, but still resonates in the 21st century. He identifies problems with ideology in foreign policy as well as the dangers of a shaky policy-making process. His arguments about the fallacy "unconditional surrender" as a viable goal is compelling. He also states that "war is a beginning, not an end", which is something Americans in general need to understand. While some of the specifics in his examples are suspect, his conclusions can't be dismissed. A must read for anyone interested in foreign policy.
In a clearly organized book, Kennan examines the critical points of international diplomacy between the United States and the rest of the world. I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in American diplomacy.