The Wise Men

The Wise Men : Six Friends and the World They Made

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The Wise Menintroduces the originalbest 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 more

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  • Hardback | 864 pages
  • 162.56 x 241.3 x 45.72mm | 1,179.33g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Re-issue
  • Illustrations, ports.
  • 1451683227
  • 9781451683226
  • 548,732

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"A wealth of new information and insights on the people and events that shaped the first four decades of the Cold War." The Boston Globe "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 "Isaacson and Thomas have fashioned a Cold War Plutarch." San Francisco Chronicle "A richly textured account of a class and of a historical period." New York Times Book Reviewshow more

About Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography. Evan Thomas is the author of The Very Best Men: Four Who Dared: The Early Years of the C.I.A.; Robert Kennedy: His Life; The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst and the Rush to Empire, 1989; Sea of Thunder: The Last Great Naval Command, 1941-1945; and John Paul Jones. He is at work on a book about President Dwight more