Walt Whitman Rostow

1916 - 2003

Walt Whitman Rostow

Walt Whitman Rostow (also known as Walt Rostow or W.W. Rostow) (October 7, 1916 – February 13, 2003) was an American economist, professor and political theorist who served as National Security Advisor to President of the United States Lyndon B. Johnson from 1966 to 1969.Rostow worked in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II and later was a foreign policy adviser and speechwriter for presidential candidate and then President John F. Kennedy; he is often credited with writing Kennedy's famous "New Frontier" speech. Prominent for his role in the shaping of US foreign policy in Southeast Asia during the 1960s, he was a staunch anti-communist, noted for a belief in the efficacy of capitalism and free enterprise, strongly supporting US involvement in the Vietnam War. Rostow is known for his book The Stages of Economic Growth: A Non-Communist Manifesto (1960), which was used in several fields of social science. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walt Whitman Rostow has received more than 306,119 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 123rd most popular economist.

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Among economists, Walt Whitman Rostow ranks 123 out of 288Before him are Klaus Schwab, Eugene Fama, Friedrich von Wieser, Jean Tirole, Clive Granger, and William Nordhaus. After him are Knut Wicksell, Oskar Morgenstern, William F. Sharpe, Hermann Heinrich Gossen, Edward C. Prescott, and Lucas Papademos.

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Among people born in 1916, Walt Whitman Rostow ranks 63Before him are Léo Ferré, Consuelo Velázquez, Masaki Kobayashi, Ray Conniff, Richard Fleischer, and Kristján Eldjárn. After him are Jack Vance, Stjepan Filipović, Hamani Diori, Pérez Prado, Luis Corvalán, and Jane Jacobs. Among people deceased in 2003, Walt Whitman Rostow ranks 56Before him are Bob Hope, Valentin Pavlov, Denis Thatcher, Roberto Bolaño, André Claveau, and Rasul Gamzatov. After him are Jack Elam, Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza, Ilan Ramon, Anna Lindh, David Hemmings, and Rik Van Steenbergen.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Walt Whitman Rostow ranks 1,630 out of 12,171Before him are José Ferrer (1912), Edwin Howard Armstrong (1890), Christina Onassis (1950), Dexter Gordon (1923), Debbie Harry (1945), and Dean Koontz (1945). After him are Theda Bara (1885), Janet Gaynor (1906), John Carradine (1906), Joseph Losey (1909), Henry J. Heinz (1844), and Karl Guthe Jansky (1905).

Among ECONOMISTS In United States

Among economists born in United States, Walt Whitman Rostow ranks 40Before him are Charles Cooley (1864), Christopher A. Sims (1942), Douglas McGregor (1906), Thomas J. Sargent (1943), Eugene Fama (1939), and William Nordhaus (1941). After him are William F. Sharpe (1934), Edward C. Prescott (1940), Robert Reich (1946), Jim Rogers (1942), Michael Spence (1943), and Robert J. Shiller (1946).