Daughter of the Cold War


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University of Pittsburgh Press
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5.1 X 8.2 X 0.9 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Grace Kennan Warnecke serves as Chairman of the Board of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. She has had a lifelong association with Russia and the former Soviet Union. She is the former chair of the National Advisory Council, Harriman Institute, at Columbia University, and a member of the Advisory Council of the Kennan Institute. She served as country director for Winrock International in Kyiv, Ukraine, from 1999 to 2003. The former president of SOVUS Business Consultants, she was also the founder and project supervisor of the Volkhov International Small Business Incubator in Russia and executive vice president of the Alliance of American and Russian Women. Additionally, Grace Kennan Warenecke was founding executive director of the American-Soviet Youth Orchestra and associate producer of the prize-winning PBS documentary The First Fifty Years: Reflections on U.S.-Soviet Relations. As a professional photographer she was senior editor of A Day in the Life of the Soviet Union. She has served as an election observer in Georgia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan. In 2013 she was named a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. She lives in New York City and Martha's Vineyard.


"Grace Kennan Warnecke isn't as well known as other Kennans have been, but she should be and this memoir shows why. It's a vivid account of living a life of one's own with a famous father, supplying much that's missing in other biographies. Highly recommended."
--John Lewis Gaddis, Yale University, author of George F. Kennan: An American Life

"With admiration and awareness of her father George F. Kennan's biases, Grace Kennan Warnecke provides details of an extraordinarily vibrant life, spanning many relocations, relationships, and projects in the arts, journalism, and business as a leading Russia expert and critic. Warnecke emerges as a remarkable East-West interlocutor, one who floated across transnational communities and social circles, and skillfully managed the hidden complexities of both Cold War high-stakes diplomacy and the challenging environments of the new post-Soviet states."
--Alexander Cooley, Director, Harriman Institute, Columbia University
"Beautifully crafted, a pleasure to read. Warnecke is more than just George F. Kennan's daughter. She was present at important historical events and adds interesting details as to how we understand them. Few Americans have the depth and duration of interaction with Russia Warnecke has, so that her observations about Soviet and Russian life are of importance. Her life reveals what it meant to be an intelligent, professional woman for much of the late twentieth century."
--Blair Ruble, Vice President for Programs at the Woodrow Wilson Center