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The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made by [Isaacson, Walter, Thomas, Evan]
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"The Boston Globe" A wealth of new information and insights on the people and events that shaped the first four decades of the Cold War.

Robert A. Caro author of "Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson" Journalism at the heights! Scintillating....Must be read if we are to understand the postwar world.

"San Francisco Chronicle" Entertaining and lively....Isaacson and Thomas have fashioned a Cold War Plutarch.

"The New York Times Book Review" A richly textured account of a class and of a historical period.

"Must be read if we are to understand the postwar world."--Robert A. Caro, author of Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

Must be read if we are to understand the postwar world. --Robert A. Caro, author of Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson"

-Must be read if we are to understand the postwar world.---Robert A. Caro, author of Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

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Robert A. Caro author of "Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson" Journalism at the heights! Scintillating....Must be read if we are to understand the postwar world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9917 KB
  • Print Length: 873 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (28 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007CBCZKS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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This is not a history book, it is a piece of third rate hack journalism. There is some interesting information but the more astute reader is forced to read between the lines of what little that there is provided. The book is too long - the quotes ring false, like a cliched old Hollywood script rather than real people talking. The style is that of a panegyric. The fact is that these unelected men dominated US policy for far too long, all were closet socialists, all despised democracy and elected politicians who they saw as a nuisance at best. They oversaw every post war US foreign policy catastrophe from Korea to Vietnam and instead of being vilified as they deserve they are praised as flawed geniuses. The leftist bias of the authors is so obvious as to render any claim of pretended objectivity as a joke. This book is worth a read if you have read a vast number of books related to the subject. Some of the few real facts are important - but the beginner will be swamped with nonsense if he or she sees this book as being 99% anything other than the sum total of its authors shared delusions about history.
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This is a very enjoyable history of the origins of the cold war and national security policy making into the 70s. It's much better at covering the period between 1944 to the mid 50s than it is for the later stuff, partly because the protagonists had a more central role earlier and then found themselves on the periphery. Discussing Vietnam policy making through the experiences of the six leaves a lot undiscussed, but it isn't bad.
The early chapters are not particularly interesting, except from the fact that they provide a vivid and surprising insight into the world of the east-coast aristocracy (1st half 20C), which is probably necessary for a full appreciation of what follows.

Apart from the less informative later chapters, the only other grievance that I can cite is the fact one does get the impression that the authors have been a little less critical of their subjects (and JFK) than is reasonable. It is also perhaps too harsh on LBJ.
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