Gaddis Annotated Bibliography

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Gaddis Annotated Bibliography In his book  Strategies of Containment,  John Lewis Gaddis describes the  American actions and reactions during the Cold War.  The author tries to  breakdown each step of American policy brought in by each new Presidential  administration.  In an attempt to avoid what Gaddis calls “lumpers and splitter”,  he does a good job keeping clear of sweeping generalizations and sticks mainly  to the facts at hand.  This book also is not an academic critic of another piece of  scholarly work.   The patriarch of the American containment strategy was George Kennan.  Gaddis highlights his work as the chief architect of President Truman’s Soviet  policy.  His work, was almost by accident, as Kennan was a career diplomat and  yet early on, he understood the Soviet methodology.  Kennen, not being listened  too by the administration, published an article in Foreign Affairs magazine calling  for the abandonment of cooperative measures with the Soviets and adopt a  ‘sphere of influence’ approach.  Interestingly, Kennan’s article was published  under the pseudonym of “X”. 
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