The New York Times Reviews Through the History of the Cold War

Yesterday’s New York Times Sunday Book Review contains an assessment of  Through the History of the Cold War: The Correspondence of George F. Kennan and John Lukacs, edited by Lukacs. Reviewer Mark Atwood Lawrence wrote:

The collection conveys their enormous erudition and (especially on
Kennan’s side) stylistic brilliance. More than anything, though, the
book poses anew, in an admirably lean and accessible way, a question
that has long swirled around Kennan: What were the intellectual
­underpinnings of his insistence on a ­restrained, “realist” foreign
policy that shunned bold efforts to remake the world in the American

The full review is available online at