Friday, December 9, 2011

The Author of Containment

George Kennan has been treated to a magesterial biography by John Lewis Gaddis.  Foreign Affairs provides a lengthy book review, noting that he

... foresaw the arc of every major war of his lifetime. In 1940, he accurately predicted when the United States would engage Germany and how long it would take for his country to win; in the summer of 1950, he warned of giving too much power to General Douglas MacArthur in Korea; in 1966, he diagnosed the dangers of fighting in Vietnam and urged a dignified withdrawal.

For those who don't subscribe to FA, here is another long review from The New York Review of Books.


  1. Excellent review @ Vanity Fair as well: