Frederick F. Travis

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George Kennan’s career as a specialist on Russian affairs began in 1865, with his first journey to the Russian empire. A twenty-year-old telegraphic engineer at the time, he was a member of the Russian-American Telegraph Expedition, a now virtually unknown but nevertheless remarkable nineteenth-century adventure story.

“Frederick Travis has produced a much needed, carefully researched and well written biographical study that succeeds in giving vivid life and character to the man and his times.”

Norman E. Saul, Slavic Review