The book’s author is Nicholas Thompson, an editor for Wired Magazine and Nitze’s grandson. Thompson describes how Nitze and Kennan’s intense intellectual rivalry played a key role in helping to define U.S. Cold War policy.
In this podcast interview, NewsHour Foreign Affairs Senior Producer Mike Mosettig talks with Thompson about the book and the complex relationship between these two men.
Kennan and Nitze, who are now both deceased, also appeared multiple times on the NewsHour program. This video collection includes interview highlights and conversations when they appeared on the NewsHour in 1989 and 1996 to discuss their memoirs.
Editor’s note: This story was updated at 7:00pm ET.