Naval War College Review


Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 2012, as well as a number of other awards, John Lewis Gaddis’s study of George F. Kennan (1904–2005) has already firmly established itself as the fundamental scholarly biography for the Cold War period in American history. Gaddis began work on this biography in 1981, not long after he had spent a two- year period as visiting professor of strat- egy and policy at the Naval War College. At Newport in those days, he was already admired for his first book, The United States and the Origins of the Cold War, 1941–1947 (Columbia Univ. Press, 1972), and for the exemplary quality of his teaching, which won him a Depart- ment of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award at the Naval War College.