George F. Kennan

George F. Kennan was America’s most acclaimed Cold War diplomat as well as a prize-winning historian and author.

Books by George F. Kennan

  1. Book CoverAn American Family: The Kennans


    "One of the wisest men in American public life today." —James ChaceMore

  2. Book CoverAround the Cragged Hill: A Personal and Political Philosophy


    “[Kennan] comes to us…as ambassador of a generation nearly gone and a conservatism so responsible, dutiful and so long extinct it may look revolutionary….As ever, Kennan in the present book has fulfilled his responsibility admirably.” —Chicago TribuneMore

  3. Book CoverAt a Century's Ending: Reflections, 1982-1995


    “Thoughtful critiques of many of the major issues confronting American foreign policymakers in the 1980s and early ‘90s. . . .Kennan’s voice is unique, tempered by three decades of life in Stalinist Europe and informed by a deep, unmatched knowledge of Russia’s people and history.” —Matthew DallekBoston Book ReviewMore

  4. Book CoverThe Decision to Intervene: Soviet-American Relations, 1917-1920


    “As with the first volume, an extraordinarily complex story is developed with great skill, scholarship and reflective analysis.” —Foreign AffairsMore

  5. Book CoverThe Kennan Diaries


    A landmark collection, spanning ninety years of U.S. history, of the never-before-published diaries of George F. Kennan, America’s most famous diplomat.More

  6. Book CoverRealities of American Foreign Policy


    The task of international politics at the present time, writes Mr. Kennan, is "to find means to permit change to proceed without repeatedly shaking the peace of the world." American foreign policy, he believes, has too often been dangerously unrealistic and has operated...More

  7. Book CoverRussia Leaves the War: Soviet-American Relations, 1917-1920


    “Mr. Kennan has developed a true scholar’s integrity; and he writes with delightful elegance. . . . The book is a pleasure to read, [even] apart from the importance of its theme.” —A.J.P. TaylorMore

  8. Book CoverSketches from a Life


    Written originally as a series of entries in a travel diary and now considered one of the most important memoirs of our time, Sketches from a Life is George F. Kennan's peerless, impressionistic record of his experiences with twentieth-century history.More