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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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Mrs. C.C. Rumsey

Photograph shows Mrs. Charles Cary Rumsey (Mary Harriman). (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2013)

Barbara Rutherfurd

Photograph shows Barbara Cainrcross Rutherfurd (1895-1939) daughter of Anne Harriman Sands Rutherfurd Vanderbilt and stepdaughter of William K. Vanderbilt Sr. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2012)

Jos. Harriman

Photograph shows banker Joseph Wright Harriman. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2012)

Miriam Harriman and Mrs. J.W. Harriman

Photo shows Mrs. J.W. Harriman, wife of banker John Wright Harriman (Augusta Barney) and her daughter Miriam. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2010)

Germans at Princeton -- Weitzer - Lt. Reichenau - Dr. Bemer [i.e., Berner] - Carl Diem

Photograph shows Germans who visited the United States in 1913 in preparation for the planned 1916 Berlin Olympics. Included are: (left to right) Josef Waitzer (1884-1966), a German track and field athlete and ... more

Susan B. Anthony

Photo shows suffragist Florence Jaffray "Daisy" Harriman (1870-1967) holding a banner with the words "Failure Is Impossible. Susan B. Anthony. Votes for Women." (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)

Mrs. W.K. Vanderbilt

Photograph shows Anne (Harriman) Vanderbilt (1861-1940) who married William Kissam Vanderbilt. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2013)

Dr. Anna Shaw [and] Miss Anthony [i.e. Daisy Harriman]

Photo shows suffragists Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919) and Florence Jaffray "Daisy" Harriman (1870-1967), with banner labeled "Anthony." (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)

Mrs. B. Harriman

Photo shows Florence Jaffray Hurst "Daisy" Harriman, chairman and founder of the Women's National Wilson and Marshall organization with banner. The New York Times states that Mrs. Harriman was the founder and ... more

[Daisy Harriman addresses a Democratic rally in Union Square, New York City]

Photo shows a banner for the Woman's National Wilson and Marshall Organization. The New York Times states that Mrs. Jaffray Borden (Daisy) Harriman was the founder and chairman. They were active at least throug... more

Capt. Ketcham instructing players, Yale

Photo shows football player Hank Ketcham (1891-1986) who played varsity football for Yale, 1911-1913 and was captain of the team in 1913. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2010)

Coach Jones - Yale - Trainer Mack

Photo shows Yale graduate, Howard Harding Jones (1885-1941) who coached the Yale football team in 1909 and 1913. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2010)

Mrs. J.B. Harriman

Photo shows suffragists Mrs. Charles Dana Gibson (Irene Langhorn) (d. 1956) (back) and Mrs. J. Borden Harriman (Florence Jaffray "Daisy" Harriman) (1870-1967) (front), leader of the Women's Fusion League probab... more

Coach Jones - Yale

Photo shows Yale graduate, Howard Harding Jones (1885-1941) who coached the Yale football team in 1909 and 1913. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2010)

Averill [i.e. W. Averell] Harriman coaching Yale

Photo shows politician and businessman William Averell Harriman (1891-1986) when he was head coach of the Yale varsity crew, 1913. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)

Mrs. J.B. Harriman [and] Mrs. C.D. Gibson

Photo shows suffragists Mrs. Charles Dana Gibson (Irene Langhorne) (d. 1956) and Mrs. J. Borden Harriman (Florence Jaffray "Daisy" Harriman) (1870-1967), leader of the Women's Fusion League probably campaigning... more

Taft at Princeton

Photo shows President Taft speaking at the dedication of the Cleveland Memorial Tower at Princeton University in Oct. 22, 1913. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2010)

Spalding - Baumeister [i.e. Bomeisler] - Bull - Gallauer - Ketcham (Capt.) - Howard Jones -- Yale Coaches and Capt.

Photograph shows members of the Yale University football team including Howard Harding Jones (1885-1941) who coached the Yale football team in 1909 and 1913, Henry "Hank" Ketcham (1891-1986), Douglas M. "Bo" Bo... more

Harvard Varsity 8 (1913)

Photo shows Harvard crew team including: (standing l-r) Charles T. Abeles, Captain, Coxswain, '13; L.S. Chanler, Stroke, '14; G.T. Stratton, '13; Alfred Montgomery Goodale, '13; G.M. McVicar, '15; B. Harwood, '... more

Capt. Ketcham, Yale

Photo shows football player Hank Ketcham (1891-1986) who played varsity football for Yale, 1911-1913 and was captain of the team in 1913. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2010)

Averill [i.e. W. Averell] Harriman

Photo shows politician and businessman William Averell Harriman (1891-1986) when he was head coach of the Yale varsity crew, 1913. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)

Mrs. Borden Harriman

Photograph shows Mrs. J. Borden Harriman (Florence Jaffray "Daisy" Harriman) (1870-1967), at the annual garden party to benefit the Army Relief Society, held at Governor's Island, New York City on May 28, 1914.... more

Wilson at Princeton, 10/15

Photograph shows President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) with his fiancée Edith Bolling Galt (1872-1961) in Princeton, New Jersey where he went to cast a vote in favor of the Woman Suffrage Amendment on October 19... more

Mrs. E.H. Harriman, Tuxedo

Photograph shows Mary Williamson (Averell) Harriman (1851-1932)wife of Edward Henry Harriman, probably at the Tuxedo Park Race Track. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2014)

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)

Grenville Keogh, Mrs. W.K. Vanderbilt, Anne Morgan, Piatt Andrew

Photograph shows Grenville Keogh, an ambulance driver for the American Ambulance Field Service and Anne Harriman Sands Rutherfurd (Mrs. William Kissam Vanderbilt) with others. (Source: Field Service pamphlet, 1916)

Mrs. Herb. Harriman

Photograph shows Mary Madeline "May" Brady Harriman wife of Herbert M. Harriman. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2014)

Wilson at Princeton, 10/15

Photograph shows President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) with his fiancée Edith Bolling Galt (1872-1961) in Princeton, New Jersey where he went to cast a vote in favor of the Woman Suffrage Amendment on October ... more

Wilson at Princeton, 10/15

Photograph shows President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) in Princeton, New Jersey where he went to cast a vote in favor of the Woman Suffrage Amendment on October 19, 1915. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 1915)

Wilson leaving Princeton, 10/19/15

Photograph shows President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) boarding a train in Princeton, New Jersey where he went to cast a vote in favor of the Woman Suffrage Amendment on October 19, 1915. (Source: Flickr Common... more

John O'Brien

Photograph shows John O'Brien, a switchman on the Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad, who received the Edward H. Harriman memorial bronze medal from the American Museum of Safety in 1916 for distinguished serv... more

Wilson at Princeton

Photograph shows President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) with his fiancée Edith Bolling Galt (1872-1961) in Princeton, New Jersey where he went to cast a vote in favor of the Woman Suffrage Amendment on October 19... more

Mrs. C.C. Rumsey

Photograph shows Mary Harriman Rumsey (1881-1934), wife of Charles Cary Rumsey. Mary Rumsey was the founder of The Junior League for the Promotion of Settlement Movements and served as chair of the Consumer Adv... more

Aug. Belmont, Herb Harriman & wife

Photograph shows Herbert M. Harriman and his wife Mary Madeline "May" Brady Harriman (1886-1930) with August Belmont Jr.. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2014)

Mrs. W.K. Vanderbilt & Mrs. Rob't Bacon

Photograph shows Anne Harriman Sands Rutherfurd (1861-1940), the second wife of businessman William Kissam Vanderbilt and Martha Waldron Cowdin, probably taken at the International Flower Show in New York City,... more

Mrs. R.L. Gerry, Carol Harriman

Photograph shows Mrs. Robert Livingston Gerry (Cornelia Harriman Gerry) (1884-1966) and Carol A. Harriman (1889-1948), daughters of railroad owner E.H. Harriman at the United Hunts Association meet, Belmont P... more

Colleges and Universities - Yale University - Yale University. Showing the type of U.S.A. guns (3 inch field piece) used by the first Yale Batteries in the spring of 1916 at the commencement baseball game at Yale Field, New Haven, Connecticut

Original Caption: Yale University. Showing the type of U.S.A. guns (3 inch field piece) used by the first Yale Batteries in the spring of 1916 at the commencement baseball game at Yale Field, New Haven, Connect... more

Colleges and Universities - Yale University - Yale University. Faculty officers of the Yale R.O.T.C. firing the famous French 75's in Artillery Hall, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. 1917

Original Caption: Yale University. Faculty officers of the Yale R.O.T.C. firing the famous French 75's in Artillery Hall, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. 1917. Captain Wilbur C. Gillespie, F.A.R.C., an... more

Colleges and Universities - Yale University - Yale University. Sanitary corps, Yale Battery, at Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania. 1917

Date Taken: 1917 Photographer: Paul Thompson Colleges and Universities - Yale University

Colleges and Universities - Yale University - French Artillery Instructor of Yale Battalion gives them a few pointers

Original Caption: French Artillery Instructor of Yale Battalion gives them a few pointers. Captain A. Dupont of the French Army, the artillery instructor of the Yale Battalion, New Haven, Connecticut, is shown ... more

Colleges and Universities - Harvard University - Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) - Students join Harvard Training Corps

Original Caption: Students join Harvard Training Corps. More than 100 Yale students arrived at the Cambridge yesterday and enrolled for duty in the Harvard Reserve Officers Training Corps. The cadets went int... more

Mrs. O. Harriman, Blaine Ewing, Lieut. McKinney

Photograph shows Grace Carley Harriman, Blaine Ewing, and Lieutenant McKinney on the U.S.S. Recruit, a fake battleship built in Union Square, New York City by the Navy to recruit seamen and sell Liberty Bonds d... more

Colleges and Universities - Yale University - War Science taught at Yale

Original Caption: War Science taught at Yale. War was a popular course at Yale University in 1917-18 where a Reserve Officers Training Corps had been established. The men were specially schooled for service in ... more

Mrs. E.R. Stettinius

Photograph shows Mrs. Edward Riley Stettinius (formerly Judith Carrington) head of the Economy League of the Junior Colonial Dames of America, who headed a drive to collect waste paper for sale to benefit the R... more

Mrs. Oliver Harriman

Photograph shows social and civic leader Grace Carley Harriman (1877-1950). She is appearing in a tableau, "The Battle Cry of War," at a benefit for the Junior Patriots of America at the Hippodrome in New York ... more