The Wise Men

Six Friends and the World They Made

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About The Book

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.

About The Authors

Courtesy of The Aspen Institute

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 JobsEinstein: His Life and UniverseBenjamin 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

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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.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (February 2012)
  • Length: 864 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781439126530

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Raves and Reviews

“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

“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

“Isaacson and Thomas have fashioned a Cold War Plutarch.”

– San Francisco Chronicle

“A richly textured account of a class and of a historical period.”

– New York Times Book Review

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