A captivating blend of personal biography and public drama, The Wise Men 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.
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Dean Acheson was an American diplomat who was blamed by anti-Communists for "losing" China to communism. George Kennan was an American intellectual and diplomat, sometimes called the Father of Containment during the Cold War.