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The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made
 
 
Author
Walter Isaacson & Evan Thomas.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.25 x 1.75 inches
ISBN 9781451683226
Pages/Publication Date 853/2012
Daedalus Item Code 23796
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This group portrait from the biographer of Steve Jobs and Henry Kissinger and the author of The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst and the Rush to Empire, 1898 considers the overlapping lives and ideals of six close friends of towering intellect and outsized personality, who shaped the international role America would play in the years following World War II. Averell Harriman was a freewheeling diplomat and Roosevelt's special envoy to Churchill and Stalin. As secretary of state, Dean Acheson was more responsible for the Truman Doctrine than was Truman, and was likewise responsible for the Marshall Plan. George Kennan cast himself as an outsider and intellectual darling of the Washington elite. Robert Lovett served as assistant secretary of war, undersecretary of state, and secretary of defense throughout the formative years of the Cold War. John McCloy became one of the nation's most influential private citizens. And Charles Bohlen was an adroit diplomat and ambassador to the Soviet Union.

"This extensive group portrait by two Time news editors trumpets the role of six policymakers ... in taking post-WWII America from isolationism to a recognition that the U.S. 'would have to assume the burden of a global role.' The irony is that, as elder statesmen, they sometimes warned against the interventionist momentum they had helped create, as this behind-the-scenes account makes clear.... History buffs will follow with interest the minor revelations that spill forth as the six advise presidents from F.D.R. to L.B.J."Publishers Weekly

 
 
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