First Edition of George Kennan's At a Century's Ending: Reflections, 1982-1995; Signed by Him

  • At a Century’s Ending: Reflections, 1982-1995.

At a Century’s Ending: Reflections, 1982-1995.

Item Number: 73085

New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 1996.

First edition of Kennan’s reflections of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by George Kennan on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed.

In one of the best pieces in this miscellany of essays, speeches, lectures and reviews, Kennan sketches a series of vivid autobiographical flashbacks: living in a wooden cottage with his wife in independent Latvia in 1932 and in Moscow in 1937, at the height of Stalin's purges; his banishment from the Soviet Union by Stalin in 1952, ending his Foreign Service career. In another provocative article, he dismisses as "intrinsically silly and childish" the claim that the Reagan administration decisively influenced the breakup of the U.S.S.R., thereby winning the Cold War. Drawing on six decades of experience as ambassador to Moscow and as State Department policy maker, Kennan offers a magisterial overview of our tragic century, marked by two world wars and a Cold War that in his opinion has led the U.S. into a wasteful, draining military buildup.