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Walter Isaacson
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• As WWII concluded, six individuals who were active in directing policies during the war started to set their visions:

1. Russian Ambassador Averell Harriman doubted the U.S. and Soviet Russia could be allies after the war.

2. Assistant Secretary of War, John McCloy, believed the U.S. should not become isolationist after the war.

3. George Kennan assumed authority over the Russian Embassy as Harriman went to Washington to advise incoming President Harry Truman.

4. Robert Lovett was preparing to tour Europe and Asia to assess the damages of the war.

5. Dean Acheson sensed new President Truman had good instincts.

6. State Department liaison to the White House, Charles Bohlen, prepared the background regarding American foreign policy for President Truman within hours after the death of President Franklin Roosevelt.

• The six men were friends from boyhood and through professional careers in Wall Street, government, and law.

• They became known...

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