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National Book Festival

Called “the dean of Cold War historians” by The New York Times, John Lewis Gaddis is the Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History at Yale University. This year he won the Pulitzer Prize for his biography “George Kennan: An American Life” (Penguin). Gaddis is well known for his analysis of the strategies for containment of the spread of communism, employed by presidents from Truman to Reagan. His many other books include “The United States and the Origins of the Cold War, 1941-1947”; “The Long Peace: Inquiries into the History of the Cold War”; “We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History”; and “The Cold War: A New History.”

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John Lewis Gaddis

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