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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User Review  - Ryan Moore - Goodreads

A fascinating look at the architects of much of our Cold War policy. Especially interesting is the information on George Kennan. Read full review

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User Review  - Ben - Goodreads

From 1930 to 1970 (excepting the Eisenhower years), the true architects of American foreign policy were six men who are virtually forgotten to history: Averell Harriman, Dean Acheson, George Kennan ... Read full review


Architects of the American Century
World ofTheir OwnTo the manner born 2 TapDaysTo 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
Heavenly Twins McCloy and Lovett at the War Department
Missions to MoscowHarriman Acheson Bohlen and Kennan wrestle witha biting bear

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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 The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution; 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. He lives in Washington, DC. Follow him on 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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