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Walt Whitman Rostow

1916 - 2003

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Walt Whitman 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 shaping 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, and strongly supported 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 402,575 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Walt Whitman Rostow is the 136th most popular economist (down from 123rd in 2019), the 1,783rd most popular biography from United States (down from 1,635th in 2019) and the 45th most popular American Economist.

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Among economists, Walt Whitman Rostow ranks 136 out of 315Before him are Michael Spence, Jim Rogers, Franz Oppenheimer, Robert Reich, Ernest Mandel, and Clive Granger. After him are Joan Robinson, Bingu wa Mutharika, Robert C. Merton, Angus Deaton, Pierre Guillaume Frédéric le Play, and Jeremy Rifkin.

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Among people born in 1916, Walt Whitman Rostow ranks 61Before him are Glenn Ford, Richard Fleischer, Henri Dutilleux, Sterling Hayden, Lilian, Princess of Réthy, and Léo Ferré. After him are Hassan Gouled Aptidon, Georg Henrik von Wright, Rafael Caldera, Jack Vance, Ray Conniff, and Bernard Blier. Among people deceased in 2003, Walt Whitman Rostow ranks 57Before him are June Carter Cash, Annemarie Schimmel, Bob Hope, Monique Wittig, Lee Yoo-hyung, and Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza. After him are Anna Lindh, John Schlesinger, Vasil Bykaŭ, Georg Henrik von Wright, Ilan Ramon, and Michael P. Anderson.

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Among people born in United States, Walt Whitman Rostow ranks 1,783 out of 18,182Before him are Owen Wilson (1968), Martin Gardner (1914), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (1966), George Chakiris (1934), Matthew Broderick (1962), and Melinda Gates (1964). After him are Lady Bird Johnson (1912), Zack Snyder (1966), Ida Tarbell (1857), Will Eisner (1917), Jon Favreau (1966), and Sammy Davis Jr. (1925).

Among ECONOMISTS In United States

Among economists born in United States, Walt Whitman Rostow ranks 45Before him are George Stigler (1911), Robert Fogel (1926), Edward C. Prescott (1940), Michael Spence (1943), Jim Rogers (1942), and Robert Reich (1946). After him are Robert C. Merton (1944), Jeremy Rifkin (1945), William F. Sharpe (1934), Christopher A. Sims (1942), John Bates Clark (1847), and Daniel McFadden (1937).