The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made

The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made

by Walter Isaacson, Evan Thomas


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ISBN-13: 9781476728827
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 06/04/2013
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 864
Sales rank: 159,486
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

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 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. Facebook: Walter Isaacson, 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.

Date of Birth:

May 20, 1952

Place of Birth:

New Orleans, LA


Harvard, B.A. in History and Literature, 1974; Oxford (Rhodes Scholar), M.A. in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics

Table of Contents

Introduction 13

Architects of the American Century 17

1 Gathering 37

1 World of Their Own/To the manner born 39

2 Tap Days/"To run with the swift" 65

3 Joint Ventures/Harriman and Lovett on Wall Street 98

4 World Courts/McCloy and Acheson before the bar 119

5 A Pretty Good Club/Kennan and Bohlen in the Foreign Service 140

6 On Active Service/Enlisting in a noble cause 179

7 Heavenly Twins/McCloy and Lovett at the War Department 191

8 Missions to Moscow/Harriman, Acheson, Bohlen and Kennan wrestle with a biting bear 210

2 Creation 251

9 Words of One Syllable/The education of Harry Truman 253

10 Line down the Middle/Splitting Germany and the atom 288

11 The Blinding Dawn/Diplomacy in an atomic age 314

12 Containment/Sensitive to the logic of force 347

13 Order from Chaos/"Like apples in a barrel" 386

14 "Simple Honest Men"/The selling of the Marshall Plan 419

15 Crisis/"Will Russia move first?" 439

16 "A Different World"/Of Super bombs and primitives 480

17 War/"No weakness of purpose here" 505

18 Nadir/Disaster at the Yalu 535

19 Exile/The wilderness years 559

3 Wise Men 587

20 Passing the Torch/"No, sir, my bearings are burnt out" 589

21 Twilight Struggles/Reunion at the brink 605

22 LBJ's Establishment/"I told the President he was wholly right" 642

23 Judgment Days/Last Supper of the Wise Men 676

24 Legacy/"Never in such good company" 714

Acknowledgments 742

Notes 745

Sources 809

Index 833

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It grasps you and plunges you into the WASPY / east coast establishment foreign policy world of the 1940's - 1960's and up a bit.
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