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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (454 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Isaacson, E. Thomas Narrator: Jonathan Reese Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9780804127653
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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, immense 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, 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.

Together they formulated a doctrine of Communist containment that was to be the foundation of American policy, and years later, when much of what they stood for appeared to be sinking in the mire of Vietnam, they were summoned for their steady counsel. It was then that they were dubbed “the Wise Men.” Working in an atmosphere of trust that in today’s Washington would seem quaint, they shaped a new world order that committed a once-reticent nation to defending freedom wherever it sought to flourish.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grindy Stone | 11/28/2013

    " This might have rated five stars, but there are a dozen or so anecdotes about the protagonists that seem pat, contrived, or apocryphal. The great Walter Isaacson had a co-writer on this one - I'm going to guess that these lame jokes are the fault of the co-writer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ali poursamar | 9/19/2013

    " it is okay if you are a hardcore political maniac. most of details of this 600 plus pages book are not relevant any more. "

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 6/10/2013

    " Given to me by Jenny Laws (she bought it at Truman's Little White House in Key West). Tale of six men that formulated foreign policy during the Cold War. Very insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jana | 5/6/2013

    " True statesmen who served in both Democratic and Republican administrations. We need people like this in government today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonnie Enloe | 4/12/2013

    " Excellent Reading and for research for comparative History for first half of 20th century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kandres | 4/3/2013

    " yang sudah nonton "band of brothers" ini buku versi kalemnya, intinya ikatan persaudaraan yang dibuat untuk membangun suatu bangsa. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dev | 4/1/2013

    " Ponderous, but enlightening in depicting the hierarchy that developed amongst the Blue Bloods in the 40's and 50's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Prudy Gourguechon | 2/23/2013

    " Definitely worth reading. Authors take a rather unsympathetic view of the sensitive George Kennan but otherwise do a masterful job of history thru the lives of exceptional men. "

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About the Author
Author Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the editor of Time magazine. He is the chairman of the board of Teach for America, an organization that recruits recent college graduates to teach in underprivileged communities; he was also appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other international broadcasts of the United States. He is the author of Steve Jobs, Einstein: His Life and Universe, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, and Kissinger: A Biography. Isaacson currently lives with his wife and daughter in Washington, DC.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Reese (d. 1999) was trained from an early age in music and theater. Of his many credits he was proudest of being a founding member of Berkeley’s Straw Hat review. Formidably intelligent, deeply sympathetic, and highly sensitive to his material, he was perfectly suited for literary narration. His many audiobooks include The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer, Just as I Am by Billy Graham, Travels in Alaska by John Muir, and Without a Hero by T. Coraghessan Boyle. A native Californian, Reese died in San Francisco in 1999.