The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (Paperback)
A captivating blend of personal biography and public drama,
The Wise Men introduces six close friends who shaped the role their country
would play in the dangerous years following World War II. They were the
original best and brightest, whose towering intellects, outsize personalities,
and dramatic actions would bring order to the postwar chaos and leave a legacy
that dominates American policy to this day: 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 Author
Walter Isaacson lives in Washington, DC, where he is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. He is the author of acclaimed, best-selling biographies of Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Henry Kissinger.
Evan Thomas is an artist and writer from Cincinnati Ohio. He's been drawing since he learned how to use his thumbs and studied illustration at the Columbus College of Art and Design. His body runs on pizza, monster movies, and love.