Gaddis Biography of George Kennan Wins Pulitzer Prize

Apr 17, 2012

John Lewis Gaddis, CWIHP Advisory Board member, former Wilson Center fellow and Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History at Yale University has been awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for his latest book George F. Kennan: An American Life.

A preeminent scholar that the New York Times once called the “dean of Cold War historians,” Gaddis’ magisterial biography was the product of frequent and numerous interviews with the influential Cold War diplomat George F. Kennan which spanned scross a quarter century. With the book’s frank revelations about the history and personalities of the era, Kennan and Gaddis agreed that the book would not appear until after the diplomat’s death.

Gaddis spoke about his book at the Wilson Center in February 2012. During his visit, Gaddis also filmed a series of interviews for the Wilson Center’s CONTEXT television series.

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