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 Union.
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Product details

  • 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
  • 617,353

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"A richly textured account of a class and of a historical period." * New York Times Book Review * "Isaacson and Thomas have fashioned a Cold War Plutarch." * San Francisco Chronicle * "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 "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 *
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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 Eisenhower.
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4 29% (672)
3 17% (400)
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