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Kennan And The Art Of Foreign Policy
Kennan And The Art Of Foreign Policy
By Anders Stephanson
Harvard University Press, 1989, 380 pp

This is an intellectually spectacular and original deconstruction of George Kennan's thought, employing techniques of modern philosophical and literary analysis combined with a sound knowledge of political events, an impressive book that defies easy categorization. In one sense the author's criticism is unfair because Kennan's "texts"-diplomatic dispatches, books and articles-were not written as formal philosophical thought; yet Mr. Stephanson forces the reader to ask hard questions about the contradictions and incoherence of diplomatic argument. Not for casual reading.