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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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London - Mid-Level Position Residence

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: X 11013 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Chancery Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R 1001 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Office Building Site

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R 1000 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Chancery Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R 1001 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

Photograph of Douglas MacArthur

Caption: General Douglas MacArthur, Commander in Chief, Far East. Photographs Relating to the Administration, Family, and Personal Life of Harry S. Truman

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Chancery Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R 1001 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Executive Level Position Residence

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: X 26028 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Chancery Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R 1001 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Chancery Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R 1001 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Chancery Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R 1001 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Chancery Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R 1001 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Chancery Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R 1001 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Chancery Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R 1001 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Executive Level Position Residence

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R 28030 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Office Building Site

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R 1000 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Executive Level Position Residence

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: X 10012 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Chancery Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R 1001 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Office Building Site

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R 1000 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Mid-Level Position Residence

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: X 12014 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Executive Level Position Residence

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R 15017 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Annex Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R2002 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Office Building Site

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R 1000 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Chancery Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R 1001 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Office Building Site

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R 1000 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

London - Chancery Office Building

The original finding aid described this item as: Property Number: R 1001 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

Head and Shoulders Portrait of Harry S. Truman

Caption: Head and shoulders portrait of Harry S. Truman. This is third in the series of nine photos of Harry S. Truman by the Hessler Studio of Washington, D. C. Photographs Relating to the Administration, Fami... more

Head and Shoulders Serious View of President Harry S. Truman at His Desk

Caption: President Harry S. Truman at his desk. He is glancing down. This is similar to 58-228, in which the President refers to this suit as his "Race track suit." (See Eben Ayers Diary, March 22, 1947.) Photo... more

President Harry S. Truman and Margaret Truman

Caption: President Harry S. Truman (right) with his daughter Margaret (left) seated on garden furniture in the backyard of their home at 219 North Delaware Street, Independence, Missouri. This photo was taken d... more

President Harry S. Truman and Joseph Stalin at Potsdam

Caption: Harry S. Truman and Joseph Stalin meeting at Potsdam. From left to right, row 1 : Joseph Stalin, Harry S. Truman, Soviet Ambassador Andrei Gromyko, Secretary of State James Byrnes, and Soviet Foreign M... more

Portrait of President Harry S. Truman

Caption: Head and shoulders portrait photograph of President Harry S. Truman. Photographs Relating to the Administration, Family, and Personal Life of Harry S. Truman

Photograph of Poppy Presentation to President Harry S. Truman

Caption: President Harry S. Truman (left) is presented a poppy by Mrs. Walter G. Craven on Poppy Day. Mrs. Craven is National President of the American Legion Auxiliary. Photographs Relating to the Administrati... more

Aerial View of the Upward Blast from the Able Day Explosion over Bikini Lagoon

Original caption: It Flies Through the Air with the Greatest of Heat -- The atom bomb burst, in its test of the fleet. Looking for all the world like a giant cauliflower head suspended to an ever-stretching nec... more

Aerial View of the Able Day Explosion over Bikini Lagoon

Original caption: Radio Activity Above the Clouds - To observers the atomic mushroom of the Able Day explosion over Bikini lagoon looked like a giant peach ice cream cone. Scrapbooks, Logbooks, Photographs, and... more

Atomic Cloud from the Able Day Explosion over Bikini Lagoon

Original caption: Atomic Cloud Shrouds Target Fleet -- Sweeping out in all directions, this haze of water, steam spray and radio active substances obscured all but extreme outer fringes of the Crossroads Target... more

Aerial View of the Flash of Light from the Able Day Explosion over Bikini Lagoon

Original caption: Atomic Fireball as Seen from the Air -- Here is the camera record of the evolution of the atomic fireball, beginning micro-seconds after the detonation of the atomic bomb. Scrapbooks, Logbooks... more

First Stage of Mushroom Cloud from the Baker Day Explosion over Bikini Lagoon

Original caption: Rising column of water enters the first phase of characteristic mushroom. Scrapbooks, Logbooks, Photographs, and Correspondence

President Harry S. Truman Walking near the White House

Caption: President Harry S. Truman (right) and an unidentified Secret Service agent walking towards the White House. Photographs Relating to the Administration, Family, and Personal Life of Harry S. Truman

President Harry S. Truman Walking near the White House

Caption: President Harry S. Truman (left) walking with an unidentified Secret Service agent from the White House grounds in Washington, D.C. Photographs Relating to the Administration, Family, and Personal Life... more

President Harry S. Truman Speaking with a Group

Caption: President Harry S. Truman (second from right) is holding a Naval hat and speaking with a group of unidentified men. Photographs Relating to the Administration, Family, and Personal Life of Harry S. Truman

Portrait of President Harry S. Truman

Caption: A formal portrait of President Harry S. Truman. Photographs Relating to the Administration, Family, and Personal Life of Harry S. Truman

Photograph of President Harry S. Truman with Cabinet and Family Leaving the Capitol

Caption: From left to right, Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal, Attorney General Tom Clark, Secretary of War Robert Patterson, Secretary of State James Byrnes, First Lady Bess Wallace Truman, President Harr... more

President Harry S. Truman Meets with Dean Acheson and Warren Austin

Caption: President Harry S. Truman is meeting with Warren Austin, United States representative to the United Nations Security Council, and Acting Secretary of State Dean Acheson. From left to right: Mr. Truman,... more

President Harry S. Truman takes a momemt to honor his country and his home state of Missouri before proceeding through the sideboys on board USS Missouri

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Missouri (BB 63) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military ... more

President Harry S. Truman with a Submarine Tie Clasp

Caption: President Harry S. Truman showing off his new submarine tie clasp. The officers and crew of the submarine U-2513 presented the clasp to President Truman when he visited them while on vacation in Key We... more

President Harry S. Truman at Everglades National Park Dedication

Caption: President Harry S. Truman (at podium) is speaking at the dedication of Everglades National Park in Florida, while on vacation in Key West. Also present and visible behind the President are (from left t... more

[Mrs. W. A. Harriman]

[Mrs. W. A. Harriman] - [PAR-3368]

[Dean Acheson with A. Eden]

[Dean Acheson with A. Eden] - [PAR-3254]

[Acheson's Arrival for NATO Conference with US Delegation]

[Acheson's Arrival for NATO Conference with US Delegation] - [PAR-4608 through PAR-4622]

[Vlasov Returns to Moscow]

[Vlasov Returns to Moscow] - [PAR-8508]

[Acheson's Presents Distinctions to Mr. Barnes, Mr. Koren, and Mr. Ludden]

[Acheson's Presents Distinctions to Mr. Barnes, Mr. Koren, and Mr. Ludden] - [PAR-4623 through PAR-4625]

[Acheson's Arrival for NATO Conference with US Delegation]

[Acheson's Arrival for NATO Conference with US Delegation] - [PAR-4608 through PAR-4622]

[Acheson's Arrival for NATO Conference with US Delegation]

[Acheson's Arrival for NATO Conference with US Delegation] - [PAR-4608 through PAR-4622]

[Wm. Draper and A. Harriman, Pictures taken by Jackie Martin]

[Wm. Draper and A. Harriman, Pictures taken by Jackie Martin] - [PAR-3503 through PAR-3510]

[Acheson's Arrival for NATO Conference with US Delegation]

[Acheson's Arrival for NATO Conference with US Delegation] - [PAR-4608 through PAR-4622]

[Acheson's Arrival for NATO Conference with US Delegation]

[Acheson's Arrival for NATO Conference with US Delegation] - [PAR-4608 through PAR-4622]

[Wm. Draper and A. Harriman, Pictures taken by Jackie Martin]

[Wm. Draper and A. Harriman, Pictures taken by Jackie Martin] - [PAR-3503 through PAR-3510]