The Wise Men
Six Friends and the World They Made
Walter Isaacson & Evan Thomas
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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A Wonderful Tale of American Drive During Our Post-War Era
How six great americans, all from privileged beginnings, rose to great heights in government and service. Through friendship and sometime competition, these six colleagues were present at the creation (to quote Mr. Acheson), and integral members of American intelligentsia who helped create the world we live in today. A great read-- like a novel, intrigue, mystery, relationships, and challenge-- it is hard to remember that the book describes real events and real men doing great things. The book is inspirational. While I am a big fan of both authors, this book garners the benefits of their collaboration. It's simply great. One of my all time favorites.