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The Wise Men

Six Friends and the World They Made: Acheson, Bohlen, Harriman, Kennan, Lovett, McCloy

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This edition was published in by Simon and Schuster in New York.

Written in English

853 pages

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.

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The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made
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The wise men: six friends and the world they made : Acheson, Bohlen, Harriman, Kennan, Lovett, McCloy
1988, Simon and Schuster
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The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made : Acheson, Bohlen, Harriman, Kennan, Lovett, McCloy
October 1986, Simon & Schuster
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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.

The Wise Men

Six Friends and the World They Made: Acheson, Bohlen, Harriman, Kennan, Lovett, McCloy

This edition was published in by Simon and Schuster in New York.


Edition Description

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.

Table of Contents

Architects of the American Century
One GATHERING
1. World fo Their Own / To the manor born
2. Tap Days / "To run with the swift"
3. Joint Ventures / Harriman and Lovett on wall Street
4. World Courts / McCloy and Acheson before the bar
5. A Pretty Good Club / Kennan and Bohlen in the Foreign Service
6. On Active Service / Enlisting in a noble cause
7. Heavenly Twins / McCloy and Lovett at the War Department
8. Missions to Moscow / Harriman, Acheson, Bohlen and Kennan wrestle with a biting bear
Two CREATION
9. Words of One Syllable / The education of Harry Truman
10. Line down the Middle / Splitting Germany and the atom
11. The Blinding Dawn / Diplomacy in an atomic age
12. Containment / Sensitive to the logic of force
13. Order from Chaos / "Like apples in a barrel"
14. "Simple Honest Men" / The selling of the Marshall Plan
15. Crisis / "Will Russia move first?"
16. "A Different World" / Of Super bombs and primitives
17. War / "No weakness of purpose here"
18. Nadir / Disaster at the Yalu
19. Exile / The wilderness years
Three WISE MEN
20. Passing the Torch / "No, sir, my bearings are burnt out"
21. Twilight Struggles / Reunion at the brink
22. LBJ's Establishment / "I told the President he was wholly right"
23. Judgment Days / Last Supper of the Wise Men
24. Legacy / "Never in such good company"
Acknowledgements
Notes
Sources
Index

Edition Notes

Bibliography: p. [809]-830.
Includes index.

Genre
Biography.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
327.2/092/2
Library of Congress
E747 .I77 1986

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL2718597M
Internet Archive
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ISBN 10
0671504657
LC Control Number
86011860
Library Thing
10706
Goodreads
1217472

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