Wise Men Six Friends and the World They Made

ISBN-10: 1451683227
ISBN-13: 9781451683226
Edition: 2012
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Description: With a new Introduction by the authors, this is the classic account of the American statesmen who rebuilt the world after the catastrophe of World War II.The Wise Men introduces the original brightest and best, leaders whose outsized personalities  More...

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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/8/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 864
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.00" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.640
Language: English

With a new Introduction by the authors, this is the classic account of the American statesmen who rebuilt the world after the catastrophe of World War II.The Wise Men introduces the original brightest and best, leaders whose outsized personalities and actions brought order to postwar chaos: Averell Harriman, 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, author of Containment; Robert Lovett, assistant secretary of war, undersecretary of state, and secretary of defense during 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.

Walter Isaacson was born on May 20, 1952 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received a B. A. in history and literature from Harvard College. He then attended the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar at Pembroke College and read philosophy, politics, and economics. He began his career in journalism at The Sunday Times of London and then the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item. He joined TIME in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor and editor of new media before becoming the magazine's editor in 1996. He became Chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003. He has written numerous books including American Sketches, Einstein: His Life and Universe, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, Kissinger: A Biography, Steve Jobs, and The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. He is the co-author, with Evan Thomas, of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made.

Newsweek Editor-at-LargeEvan Thomashas written more than a hundred cover stories. His other books include a biography of Robert Kennedy and, most recently, theNew York TimesbestsellerSea of Thunder. The reporters on the election project team areEleanor Clift, one of Washington’s best-known political reporters and a regular on The McLaughlin Group, Washington correspondentDarren Briscoe,Mike Hastings,Nick Summers, andKatie Connolly.

Introduction
Architects of the American Century
Gathering
World of Their Own/To the manner born
Tap Days/"To run with the swift"
Joint Ventures/Harriman and Lovett on Wall Street
World Courts/McCloy and Acheson before the bar
A Pretty Good Club/Kennan and Bohlen in the Foreign Service
On Active Service/Enlisting in a noble cause
Heavenly Twins/McCloy and Lovett at the War Department
Missions to Moscow/Harriman, Acheson, Bohlen and Kennan wrestle with a biting bear
Creation
Words of One Syllable/The education of Harry Truman
Line down the Middle/Splitting Germany and the atom
The Blinding Dawn/Diplomacy in an atomic age
Containment/Sensitive to the logic of force
Order from Chaos/"Like apples in a barrel"
"Simple Honest Men�/The selling of the Marshall Plan
Crisis/"Will Russia move first?"
"A Different World�/Of Super bombs and primitives
War/"No weakness of purpose here�
Nadir/Disaster at the Yalu
Exile/The wilderness years
Wise Men
Passing the Torch/"No, sir, my bearings are burnt out"
Twilight Struggles/Reunion at the brink
LBJ's Establishment/"! told the President he was wholly right"
Judgment Days/Last Supper of the Wise Men
Legacy/"Never in such good company"
Acknowledgments
Notes
Sources
Index

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