The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made Paperback – 4 June 2013
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“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
“Isaacson and Thomas have fashioned a Cold War Plutarch.” ― San Francisco Chronicle
“A richly textured account of a class and of a historical period.” ― New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Evan Thomas is the author of The Very Best Men: Four Who Dared: The Early Years of the C.I.A.; Robert Kennedy: His Life; The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst and the Rush to Empire, 1989; Sea of Thunder: The Last Great Naval Command, 1941-1945; and John Paul Jones. His most recent book is Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World.
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- ASIN : 1476728828
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Reissue edition (4 June 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 864 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781476728827
- ISBN-13 : 978-1476728827
- Item Weight : 889 g
- Dimensions : 15.56 x 3.81 x 23.5 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #160,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.