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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, outsize 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.
©2012 Walter Isaacson and E. Thomas (P)2013 Random House Audio
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1 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 02-21-15

Cadence

Would you try another book from Evan Thomas and Walter Isaacson and/or Jonathan Reese?

The reader's cadence, or lack thereof, renders this book unendurable.

What could Evan Thomas and Walter Isaacson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Retained a different reader.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Reese’s performances?

Definitely not!

What character would you cut from The Wise Men?

The reader.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By KD6161 on 03-31-17

Dull with poor narration

Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Reese’s performances?

no

Any additional comments?

The content is historically important but dull. The reader has an annoying, artificial-sounding pace, and frequently mispronounces words. For example, anyone who's ever hear the name Joseph Stalin would cringe to hear it stated repeatedly as "Sta-leen"; another example is pronunciation of thesis in a manner that sounds like "feces." These comments may seem petty but the frequency of mispronounced words becomes a huge distraction.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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