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, 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".