The Wise Men - Walter Isaacson & Evan Thomas

The Wise Men

By Walter Isaacson & Evan Thomas

  • Release Date: 2012-02-28
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 72 Ratings


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.

The Wise Men shares the stories of 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.


  • A Wonderful Tale of American Drive During Our Post-War Era

    By msr13
    How six great americans, all from privileged beginnings, rose to great heights in government and service. Through friendship and sometime competition, these six colleagues were present at the creation (to quote Mr. Acheson), and integral members of American intelligentsia who helped create the world we live in today. A great read-- like a novel, intrigue, mystery, relationships, and challenge-- it is hard to remember that the book describes real events and real men doing great things. The book is inspirational. While I am a big fan of both authors, this book garners the benefits of their collaboration. It's simply great. One of my all time favorites.