George F. Kennan and the Making of American Foreign Policy, 1947-1950


When George C. Marshall, the organizer of victory as US Army Chief of Staff during World War II, became Secretary of State in January 1947, he faced not only a staggering array of serious foreign policy questions but also a US State Department rendered ineffective by neglect, maladministration and low morale. Soon after his arrival, Marshall asked George F. Kennan to head a new component in the Department's structure - the Policy Planning Staff. In this work, the author scrutinizes Kennan's subsequent influence over foreign ...

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