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Russia and the West under Lenin and Stalin
Kennan, George F.
Published by An Atlantic Monthly Press Book (1961)
Hardcover First Edition Book of the Month Club
Measures 8.5x6 inches Weighs 1 pound 7 ounces
Book Condition Very Good, Dust Jacket Very Good.
Red dust jacket with white and black text.
Boards are black with red script on front as well as spine.
A very attractive and well built book.
Clean sturdy solid.
DJ has a sunned spine. Former owner name label neatly placed on 1/2 title page.

This is the first detached and authoritative
Ame can attempt to review Soviet-Western
relations in historical perspective ts
uniquely qualified author, a diplomat and his-
torian who represented this country as our
Ambassador to the Soviet Union, George F.
Kennan believes like Thucydides that the
history of the past is our best source of guid­
ance for the present. Mr. Kennan's narrative
takes the reader through three decades of
the most profound violence and change, trac­
ing diplomatic relations between the West­
ern powers and the Soviet Union from the
Russian Revolution of 1917 to the end of
World War II. At every stage of the story Mr.
Kennan points up the successive dilemmas,
sometimes leading to tragedy, which grew
out of ignorance and mutual distrust. From
the deposition of the Russian Tsar in 1917
to the illusions and errors of 1945, one con­
frontation after another has expanded from
misunderstanding to hostility.
The Allied intervention in Russia, into
which we muddled ourselves in 1918 while
our gaze was fixed on winning the first
World War in Europe; the Russian fixation
on their domestic revolution at the expense
of waging the war against Germany; the
conflicting and short-sighted aims of the
Western statesmen at the Versailles confer­
ence in 1919; the incredible Western stuffi­
ness (the only word for it) which drove a
renascent Germany into Russia's arms at
Rapallo in 1922; Stalin's bottomless mistrust,
not only of foreign statesmen, but of his own
most intimate colleagues in Moscow, which
hurled Russia into the bloody purges of 1934-1938;
the Russian cupidity in China; the fantastic yet grimly tragic
story of events leading up to the Soviet-German
Nonaggression Pact of 1939, and the cynical piracy which Hitler and
Stalin practiced on each
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other thereafter; and the unquenchable in­
nocence governing the actions of Roosevelt
and the Western military leaders during
World War II and culminating in Yalta —
all of these episodes serve Mr. Kennan as
the raw material for lessons for the present
As he takes us with him on this dangerous
dramatic path of frustration and misunder­
standing, Mr. Kennan pauses to illuminate
the hazards attendant upon all summit meet­
ings; to speculate on the perennial fantasy
inherent in Western notions about China;
to question the extent to which world events
can be controlled from any central point,
whether it be Moscow or Washington; to
comment on the havoc raised by the con­
duct of two World Wars with the objective
of unconditional surrender; to etch brilliant
portraits of such figures as Woodrow Wil­
son, Rathenau, Lenin, Curzon, Chicherin,
Stalin, Molotov, Hitler, Ribbentrop, Roose­
velt and those others who on both sides have
been entrusted with our destinies for the last
forty-five years. The result is a narrative
which the publishers are proud to present
as a world-significant contribution to history.
It will be read with fascination and with
profit by both the specialist and the intelli­
gent general reader — and it is urgently
needed at a time when the Soviet historians
are fabricating their interpretations of these
very years in a way that is deeply discredit-
able to the free world.
Jacket design by Norman Law

Russia and the West under Lenin and Stalin, George F. Kennan, Published by An Atlantic Monthly Press Book (1961) Hardcover First Edition 1st


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