A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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Random House, 2001 - History - 333 pages
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A World Made New tells the dramatic story of the struggle to build, out of the trauma and wreckage of World War II, a document that would ensure it would never happen again. There was an almost religious intensity to the project, championed by Eleanor Roosevelt under the aegis of the newly formed United nations and brought into being by an extraordinary group of men and women who knew, like the framers of the Declaration of Independence, that they were making history. They worked against the clock, the brief window between the end of World War II and the deep freeze of the cold war, to forget the founding document of the modern rights movement.
A distinguished professor of international law, Mary Ann Glendon was given exclusive access to personal diaries and unpublished memoirs of key participants. An outstanding work of narrative history, A World Made New is the first book devoted to this crucial moment in Eleanor Roosevelt's life and in world history.

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User Review  - dono421846 - LibraryThing

Strong account of the drafting of the UDHR. Glendon is not by training an historian, so at moments she drops the necessary tone and perspective with jarring asides, but otherwise it is a consistently methodical description. Readable, informative, well documented. Highly recommended. Read full review

A WORLD MADE NEW: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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A worthy review of the history and impact of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, "the polestar of an army of international human rights activists." Glendon (Law/Harvard Univ.; A ... Read full review

Contents

The Longing for Freedom
3
Madam Chairman
21
A Rocky Start
35
Copyright

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Mary Ann Glendon is Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University. She led the Vatican delegation to the Beijing Women's Rights conference in 1995, the first woman ever to lead a Vatican delegation, and has been featured on Bill Moyers's World of Ideas. She is the author of Rights Talk; A Nation under Lawyers; Comparative Legal Traditions (a classic textbook on international law); Abortion and Divorce in Western Law, winner of the Scribes Book Award; and The Transformation of Family Law, winner of the Order of the Coif Prize, the legal academy's highest award for scholarship. She lives in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

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