“Grace Kennan Warnecke isn’t as well-known as some 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. Highly recommended.”– John Lewis Gaddis,

Author, George F. Kennan: An American Life

“Grace Kennan Warnecke provides details of an extraordinarily vibrant life, spanning many relationships, projects in the arts, journalism and business as a leading Russia expert and critic.” Alexander Cooley,

Director, Harriman Institute at Columbia University
Grace Kennan Warnecke


By Grace Kennan Warnecke

Grace Kennan Warnecke’s memoir, DAUGHTER OF THE COLD WAR (University of Pittsburgh Press, April 10, 2018), is about a life lived on the edge of history. Daughter of George F. Kennan, one of the most influential diplomats of the 20th century; wife of C.K. McClatchy, the scion of a newspaper dynasty; and mother of Kevin McClatchy, the youngest owner of a major league baseball team, Warnecke eventually found her way out from under the shadows of others to forge a dynamic career of her own.

Born in Latvia, Warnecke lived in seven countries and spoke five languages before the age of 11. As a child, she witnessed Hitler’s march into Prague, attended a Soviet school during World War II, and sailed the seas with her father. In a multifaceted career, she worked as a professional photographer, television producer, and book editor and critic.

Eventually, like her father, Warnecke became a Russian specialist, but of a very different kind. She accompanied Ted Kennedy and his family to Russia, escorted Joan Baez to Moscow to meet with dissident Andrei Sakharov, and hosted Josef Stalin’s daughter on the family farm after Svetlana defected to the United States. While running her own consulting company in Russia, she witnessed the breakup of the Soviet Union, and later became director of a women’s economic empowerment project in a newly independent Ukraine.

Daughter of the Cold War is a tale of all these adventures and much more. This compelling and evocative memoir allows readers to follow Warnecke’s amazing path through life—a whirlwind journey of survival, risk, and self-discovery through a kaleidoscope of many countries, historic events, and unforgettable people.

GRACE KENNAN WARNECKE is chairman of the board of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. A fellow of Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and member of the advisory council of the Kennan Institute, she is former chair of the National Advisory Council at the Harriman Institute, and has held numerous positions in the public and private sector. Additionally, Warnecke was associate producer of the prizewinning PBS documentary The First Fifty Years: Reflections on U.S.-Soviet Relations


By Grace Kennan Warnecke

University of Pittsburgh Press; April 10, 2018

$24.95; 304 pages

ISBN: 9780822945208