The Wise Men

The Wise Men

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

Book - 1986
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This book is a collective biography of the best and brightest men in government and their foreign policies which dominate our actions to this day. It includes data on World War II diplomacy, the Cold War, Communist containment, the Marshall Plan, the Truman Doctrine, Kennedy and Johnson diplomacy, and Vietnam War diplomacy. A blend of personal biography and public drama, it 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.
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, c1986
ISBN: 9780671504656
0671504657
Call Number: 327.73 Is105w
Characteristics: 853 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Thomas, Evan 1951-

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Oct 21, 2017

Hey, rpavlacic, "purview" isn't a verb. It's a noun. Only. You could look it up.

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rpavlacic
Feb 18, 2015

Six members of the Old Boys Club (literally -- they were all educated at some of the snottiest high schools in America) who went above themselves in the call to public duty. They saw the dangers of communism when most people still viewed the Soviet Union as an ally, they predicted that Korea was a timebomb, and they purviewed the insanity of Vietnam. In fact, some of them continued to give advice to Presidents well into the mid 1980s. It gave me a bit of sadness to read this book and realize that if there are wise men and women still out there, they are being silenced in the name of political expediency -- which serves no one in the long term.

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