The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 4, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 864 pages
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A captivating blend of personal biography and public drama, The Wise Men introduces the original best and brightest, leaders whose outsized personalities and actions brought order to postwar 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 defense 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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Contents

Architects of the American Century
17
Street
98
World CourtsMcCloy and Acheson before
119
A Pretty Good ClubKennan and Bohlen in
140
Department
191
Missions to MoscowHarriman Acheson
210
Two CREATION
251
Words of One SyllableThe education of Harry Truman
253
A Different WorldVOf Super bombs and primitives
480
WarNo weakness of purpose here
505
NadirDisaster at the Yalu
535
ExileThe wilderness years
559
Three WISE MEN
587
Passing the TorchNo sir my bearings are burnt out
589
Twilight StrugglesReunion at the brink
605
LBJs Establishment told the President he was wholly right
642

Line down the MiddleSplitting Germany and the atom
288
The Blinding DawnDiplomacy in an atomic age
314
ContainmentSensitive to the logic of force
347
Order from ChaosLike apples in a barrel
386
Simple Honest MenVThe selling of the Marshall Plan
419
CrisisWill Russia move first?
439
Judgment Days Last Supper of the Wise Men
676
LegacyNever in such good company
714
Acknowledgments
742
Sources
809
Index
833
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About the author (1997)

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 Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and of Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.

Evan Thomas is the author of The Very Best Men: Four Who Dared: The Early Years of the C.I.A., a book about the careers of Frank Wisner, Richard Bissell, Tracy Barnes and Desmond FitzGerald; 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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