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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: E. Thomas, Walter Isaacson Narrator: Jonathan Reese Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by behrooz behrooz | 9/9/2013

    " it shows how can success people manage they work and their life to reach their aims . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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. "

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