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Russia Leaves the War
Russia Leaves the War
By George F. Kennan
Princeton University Press, 1956, 544 pp

The former American Ambassador to the Soviet Union here turns, with great industry and skill, to the historian's craft. This first volume of his study of Soviet-American relations, 1917-1920, covers the period between the November Revolution and Russia's final withdrawal from the war in March 1918. The experienced Foreign Service officer is evident throughout, not only in the intimate feeling for the ways of international affairs but also in the acute, and often wry, recognition of familiar patterns of diplomatic behavior. Above all, the book makes most interesting and stimulating reading.