The Wise Men

The Wise Men

Six Friends and the World They Made

Book - 2012 | Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
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"Six close friends 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 whose strong response to Soviet expansionism would leave a legacy that dominates American policy to this day. In April 1945, they converged to advise an untutored new president, Harry Truman. They were 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, selfcast 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. Together they formulated a doctrine of Communist containment that was to be the foundation of American policy." --Front flap.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012, c1986.
Edition: Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451683226
1451683227
Branch Call Number: 327.2092 ISAACSO
Characteristics: 853 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Thomas, Evan 1951-

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Feb 18, 2015

Six members of the Old Boys Club (literally -- they were all educated at some of the snottiest high schools in America) who went above themselves in the call to public duty. They saw the dangers of communism when most people still viewed the Soviet Union as an ally, they predicted that Korea was a timebomb, and they purviewed the insanity of Vietnam. In fact, some of them continued to give advice to Presidents well into the mid 1980s. It gave me a bit of sadness to read this book and realize that if there are wise men and women still out there, they are being silenced in the name of political expediency -- which serves no one in the long term.

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