The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made

The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made


By (author) Walter Isaacson, By (author) Evan Thomas

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Hardback | 864 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 241mm x 46mm | 1,179g
  • Publication date: 21 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1451683227
  • ISBN 13: 9781451683226
  • Edition statement: Updated
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, ports.
  • Sales rank: 330,765

Product description

The Wise Men introduces the original best and brightest, leaders whose outsized personalities and actions brought order to post-war chaos: Averell Harriman, the freewheeling diplomat and Roosevelt's special envoy to Churchill and Stalin; Dean Acheson, the secretary of state who was more responsible for the Truman Doctrine than Truman and for the Marshall Plan than General Marshall: George Kennan, self-cast outsider and intellectual darling of the Washington elite; Robert Lovett, assistant secretary of war, undersecretary of state, and secretary of defence throughout the formative years of the Cold War; John McCloy, one of the nation's most influential private citizens; and Charles Bohlen, adroit diplomat and ambassador to the Soviet Union.

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Author information

Walter Isaacson is president of the Aspen Institute. He has been chairman and CEO of CNN and managing editor of TIME magazine. He is the author of several books including the US bestseller BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: AN AMERICAN LIFE.

Review quote

"Must be read if we are to understand the postwar world."--Robert A. Caro, author of Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson