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Six Wise Men

The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made is a 1986 book by Walter Isaacson and Evan Thomas about a group of U.S. government officials and members of the East Coast Establishment. The book starts with post - World War I period and continues in the immediate post-World War II international development, describing how the group of six men of quite different political affiliations developed the containment policy of dealing with the Communist bloc during the Cold War and crafted institutions such as NATO, the World Bank, and the policies of the Marshall Plan.

Six people who were influential in the development of Cold War:

1. Dean Acheson, Secretary of State under President Harry Truman
2. Charles E. Bohlen, U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, the Philippines, and France
3. W. Averell Harriman, Special Envoy for President Franklin Roosevelt
4. George F. Kennan, Ambassador to the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia
5. Robert A. Lovett, Truman's Secretary of Defense
6. John J. McCloy, a War Department official and later U.S. High Commissioner for Germany.
Crimean conference Left to right: Secretary of State Edward Stettinius, Maj. Gen. L. S. Kuter, Admiral E. J. King, General George C. Marshall, Ambassador Averill Harriman, Admiral William Leahy, and President F. D. Roosevelt. Livadia Palace, Crimea, Russia / / Signal Corps photo.
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Sun and clouds / Curtis.

View across large body of water, taken on the Harriman Alaska expedition.

Packers / Curtis.

Group of men standing on board ship, Alaska, 1899.

Seal hunters in canoe at Glacier Bay / Curtis.

Two native Alaskan people in boat.

Mrs. W.K. Vanderbilt

Photograph shows Anne Harriman Sands Rutherfurd (1861-1940), the second wife of businessman William Kissam Vanderbilt. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2015)

Mrs. W.K. Vanderbilt

Photograph shows Anne Harriman Sands Rutherfurd (1861-1940), the second wife of businessman William Kissam Vanderbilt. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2015)

Mrs. W.K.Vanderbilt, cameo portrait

Photograph shows Anne Harriman Sands Rutherfurd (1861-1940), the second wife of businessman William Kissam Vanderbilt. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2015)

Yale / Bristow Adams.

Yale student jumping hurdle.

[Gore Hall, Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts]

Photograph shows exterior view of Gore Hall, Harvard University's library, designed by Richard Bond, and built 1837-1841.

George Kennan, 1845-1924

Full lgth., seated, facing slightly left at typewriter.

What may happen to a man in the shopping season; alas! To think that suspician should creep in to disturb the holiday feeling

Bradley's cartoon shows the badge and part of the uniform of an officer labeled "Interstate Commerce Commission" shining a large search light on Harriman, who is struggling to carry a large load of packages and... more

Design for a Union Station

Bradley depicts the commission's view of the situation by showing numerous train lines riding towards a giant head of Harriman. His mouth, wide open as if to form a tunnel, is about to swallow the various railways.

Princeton / F. Earl Christy.

Print shows young woman holding megaphone and Princeton pennant and sitting next to football player atop giant football.

Princeton

Poster shows a football player wearing a shirt with the "P."

But supposing Mr. Lamb should retire!

"Mr. Harriman retires from Wall St." on newspaper.

Mrs. W.K. Vanderbilt

Photograph shows Anne Harriman Sands Rutherfurd Vanderbilt (1861-1940) mother of Barbara Cainrcross Rutherfurd (1895-1939). She married William Kissam Vanderbilt. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2013)