NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR REVIEWS BIOGRAPHY BY JOHN LUKACS OF LEGENDARY AMERICAN DIPLOMAT GEORGE KENNAN

November 5, 2007

HARRISONBURG—In the current issue of the international affairs journal American Foreign Policy Interests, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, reviews George Kennan: A Study of Character by Dr. John Lukacs, published earlier this year by Yale University Press.

According to Dr. Pham, although “Lukacs’s George Kennan is not a definitive biography—in fact, given the sheer magnitude of the subject’s life and voluminous literary corpus (the author himself was the recipient of some two hundred letters over a fifty-one year period), Lukacs questions whether or not such an undertaking is even in the realm of the practical,” nonetheless “this slender volume succeeds brilliantly as an eloquent and useful introduction to as well as a call for further exploration of the pilgrimage of one such soul: a man who, despite the loneliness and frailty which beset him, nonetheless helped forge the world in which we live and whose penetrating strategic insight would serve us well now that we are deep into an enterprise the pitfalls of which he had cautioned us about more than six decades ago.”

American Foreign Policy Interests is a bimonthly journal published by Taylor & Francis for the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, a research organization founded in 1974 by the late Dr. Hans J. Morgenthau and dedicated to identifying, articulating, and helping to advance the national interests of the United States from a nonpartisan perspective within the framework of political realism. Dr. Pham was elected a member of the National Committee’s Board of Advisors in January 2006.

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