The Wise Men

The Wise Men

Six Friends and the World They Made

By Walter Isaacson; Evan Thomas

Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9781476728827, 853pp.

Publication Date: June 4, 2013

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.
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 or coauthor of a number of books, including The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made, with Walter Isaacson, and Robert Kennedy: His Life.