When George C. Marshall became Secretary of State in January of 1947, he faced not only a staggering array of serious foreign policy questions but also a State Department rendered ineffective by neglect, maladministration, and low morale. Soon after his arrival Marshall asked George F. Kennan to head a new component in the department’s structure — the Policy Planning Staff. Here Wilson Miscamble scrutinizes Kennan’s subsequent influence over foreign policymaking during the crucial years from 1947 to 1950.
Awards and Recognition
- Finalist for the 1993 Hoover Presidential Library Association Book Award