United Nations: A History

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Grove Press, Nov 11, 2011 - History - 496 pages
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United Nations: A History begins with its creation in 1945. Although the organization was created to prevent war, many conflicts have arisen, ranging from The Korean War, to The Six Day War, to genocide in Bosnia and Rwanda. Stanley Meisler’s in-depth research examines the crises and many key political leaders. In this second edition, Meisler brings his popular history up to date with accounts of the power struggles of the last fifteen years, specifically spotlighting the terms of secretaries-general Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon. This is an important, riveting, and impartial guide through the past and recent events of the sixty-five-year history of the United Nations.
 

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The Korean War. Suez. The Congo. The Cuban Missile Crisis. The Six-Day War. The Persian Gulf War. Somalia. Rwanda. Bosnia. Meisler, who reports on foreign affairs and the United Nations for the Los Angeles Times, surveys 50 years of U.N. diplomatic triumphs and failures. Read full review

Contents

From Dumbarton Oaks to San Francisco
1
Offto a Bad Start
21
Ralph Bunche and the Infant State of Israel
36
No More Manchurias
55
Dag Hammarskjöld
75
The Empires Strike Out
94
The Battles of Katanga and the Crash of Hammarskjöld
115
U Thant and the Quest for Peace in Vietnam
153
Boutros BoutrosGhali
278
The Somalia Debacle
294
The U N in Bosnia
312
Horrors in Rwanda
334
The Accidental SecretaryGeneral
345
America Defies the U N and Invades Iraq
355
Ban Kimoon the Slippery Eel
371
The Arab Spring
384

The SixDay War
169
The Big Lie
185
Zionism Is Racism
204
Defenses ofPeace in the Minds ofMen
222
Javier Pérez de Cuéllar and the End of the Cold War
239
The Persian Gulf War
257
Sources
391
A U N Chronology
413
U N Peacekeeping Missions
429
Index
435
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Stanley Meisler, the author of three books, served as a Los Angeles Times foreign and diplomatic correspondent for thirty years, assigned to Nairobi, Mexico City, Madrid, Toronto, Paris, the United Nations and Washington. He still contributes articles to the Times and writes a commentary for his website, stanleymeisler.com.

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