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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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American Red Cross - N thru W - Mrs. W.K. Vanderbilt, Chief Canteen Personnel, A.R.C

Photographer: American Red Cross American Red Cross - N thru W

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 ... more

Mrs. O. Harriman

Photograph shows Grace Carley Harriman (1873-1950) with Junior Naval and Marine Scouts on the U.S.S. Recruit, a fake battleship built in Union Square, New York City by the Navy to recruit seamen and sell Libert... more

The Harriman National Bank urges faith, courage, and patience / M. Waddell 1918 ; Metro Litho. Co. N.Y.

Poster showing a war-ravaged landscape, and in the distance across a body of water, a city of skyscrapers with a serene man's face (Uncle Sam's?) hovering above.

Felix Frankfurter

Portrait, 3/4, seated, facing right

Barclay Acheson

Photograph shows Barclay Acheson, an official of the Near East Relief organization who was in New York City in January 1927 to attend a meeting of the group. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2012)

Mrs. E.H. Harriman

Photograph shows Mary Williamson Averell Harriman (1851-1932), the widow of Edward Henry Harriman (1848-1909). (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2012)

Portrait of Harold E. Harriman

Original caption: Portrait of Harold E. Harriman. Director, Technical Assistance Division, Office of Records Management. Historic Photograph File of National Archives Events and Personnel