Walt Whitman Rostow

Economist, Academic

1916 – 2003

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Who was Walt Whitman Rostow?

Walt Whitman Rostow was a United States economist and political theorist who served as Special Assistant for National Security Affairs to U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966–69.

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, which was used in several fields of social science.

His older brother Eugene Rostow also held a number of high government foreign policy posts.

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Born
Oct 7, 1916
New York City
Also known as
  • W. Rostow
  • W. W. Rostow
Siblings
Spouses
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Columbia University
  • Yale University
  • Balliol College
Lived in
  • New York City
Died
Feb 13, 2003
Austin

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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