The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 28, 2012 - 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
One GATHERING
World of Their OwnTo the manner born
Tap DaysTo run with the swift
Joint VenturesHarriman and Lovett on Wall Street
World CourtsMcCloy and Acheson before the
A Pretty Good ClubKennan and Bohlen in the Foreign Service
On Active ServiceEnlisting in a noble cause
Order from ChaosLike apples in a barrel
Simple Honest MenThe selling of the Marshall Plan
CrisisWill Russia move first?
A Different WorldOf Super bombs and primitives
WarNo weakness of purpose here
NadirDisaster at the Yalu
ExileThe wilderness years
Three WISE

Heavenly Twins McCloy and Lovett at the War Department
Missions to MoscowHarriman Acheson Bohlen
Two CREATION
Words of One SyllableThe education of Harry Truman
Line down the MiddleSplitting Germany and the atom
The Blinding DawnDiplomacy in an atomic
ContainmentSensitive to the logic of force
Passing the TorchNo sir my bearings are burnt out
Twilight StrugglesReunion at the brink
LBJs EstablishmentI told the President he was wholly right
Judgment DaysLast Supper of the Wise
LegacyNever in such good company
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Walter Isaacson, University Professor of History at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Leonardo da Vinci; The Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. Facebook: Walter Isaacson, Twitter: @WalterIsaacson

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. His most recent book is Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World.

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