The Wise Men by Walter Isaacson

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While there are sometimes too many historical facts for the selective reader, the vigorous prose easily carries one through more than 700 pages of narrative. The well-chosen photographs help.
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A captivating blend of personal biography and public drama, The Wise Men introduces the original best and brightest, leaders whose outsized personalities and actions brought order to postwar chaos: 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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Walter Isaacson, presidente del Instituto Aspen, ha sido presidente de la CNN y director ejecutivo de la revista Time. Es autor de Einstein, su vida y su universo, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life y Kissinger: A Biography, y es coautor, con Evan Thomas, de The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. Vive con su esposa en Washington, D.C.
 
Published February 28, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 873 pages
Genres: History, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction
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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Bryce Nelson on Nov 30 1986

While there are sometimes too many historical facts for the selective reader, the vigorous prose easily carries one through more than 700 pages of narrative. The well-chosen photographs help.

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Foreign Affairs

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Forrestal on Dec 01 1986

We believe in the role of the individual and we still struggle to find the best to manage our great affairs. In this context the book does a great service.

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Good
Reviewed by Joseph Taglieri on Nov 01 1986

Those interested in business and economics will gain useful knowledge about this first modern generation of global capitalists.

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