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The Wise Men - Six Friends and the World They Made Part 1 of 2-logo

The Wise Men - Six Friends and the World They Made Part 1 of 2

Walter Isaacson

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, selfcast 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.

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, selfcast 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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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, selfcast 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

E. Thomas, Jonathan Reese

Length:

33h 29m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:41


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:20


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:45


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:10


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:40


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:36


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:58


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:46


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:32


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:17


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:35


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:52


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:45


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:17


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:36


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:53


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:26


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:39


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:44


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:45


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:55


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:34


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:44


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

10:45


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:26


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

10:16


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:23


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:25


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:21


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:46


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:26


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:13


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:28


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:56


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:47


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

10:01


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:22


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:27


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:55


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:00


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:16


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:32


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:46


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:39


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:55


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:30


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:33


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:29


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

09:48


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:48


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:40


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:57


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:20


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:33


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:35


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

10:36


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:46


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

09:56


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

09:53


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

09:01


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:31


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:36


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

09:57


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

09:49


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

09:10


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:32


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:54


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:58


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

09:53


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

09:27


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

09:49


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

09:24


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

09:00


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:45


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:35


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:05


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

09:21


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

09:36


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:24


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:22


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:40


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:40


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

09:23


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

09:49


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

09:16


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:40


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

09:05


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:44


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

08:01


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:46


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:34


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:45


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

08:26


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

09:40


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

09:34


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:48


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

09:01


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

09:55


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

09:38


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

09:56


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:36


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:13


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:11


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

09:14


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

09:10


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

09:36


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

08:41


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

08:03


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

09:24


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

09:14


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:44


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:56


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

09:07


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

09:04


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

08:58


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

08:57


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

08:51


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

10:10


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

08:19


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:54


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

07:04


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

09:24


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

08:58


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

08:56


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

08:37


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

08:45


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

09:55


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

09:17


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

09:37


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:20


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

08:51


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

09:41


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

08:49


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

08:47


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

09:30


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

08:53


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

09:32


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

07:23


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

06:21


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

09:36


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

09:04


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

08:26


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

08:28


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

09:12


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

08:00


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

08:33


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

08:33


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

07:51


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

09:42


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

09:29


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

09:46


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

09:08


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

09:26


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

07:52


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

06:53


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

07:48


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

07:25


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

09:55


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

09:12


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

09:36


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

07:38


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

09:40


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

08:31


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

08:18


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

08:27


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

06:10


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

08:34


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

08:07


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

07:59


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

08:27


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

10:16


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

08:48


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

08:41


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

08:44


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

07:33


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

08:51


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

08:38


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

07:42


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

08:39


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

08:45


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

09:26


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

09:10


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

07:59


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

08:20


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

09:59


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

09:44


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

08:54


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

09:10


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

08:50


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

07:50


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

08:43


Chapter 199
Chapter 199

07:13

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