United Nations: The First Fifty Years

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Atlantic Monthly Press, 1995 - History - 386 pages
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In a lucid, colorful account, Stanley Meisler brings alive the personalities and events of the first fifty years of the United Nations. It is a story filled with action and heartbreak. "Stanley Meisler tells the story of the United Nations, its promise and its problems, with clarity and authority. He brings to life the history of the world organization and a half-century of America's hopes for and frustration with world government . . . . You will learn why China is almost by chance one of five permanent members on the Security Council, how the Council's veto power was adopted at Stalin's demand, why Adlai Stevenson left his post as U.S. ambassador in lonely despair, how Kurt Waldheim hid his past to become Secretary General, how the Bush administration maneuvered the United Nations into supporting Operation Desert Storm, and much, much more. This is the definitive account of the United Nations for a general audience, told by a master." -- Jim Hoagland, chief foreign correspondent, The Washington Post
 

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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

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Contents

The Beginnings From Dumbarton Oaks to San Francisco
1
Trygve Lie and Iran Off to a Bad Start
21
Ralph Bunche and the Infant State of Israel
36
The Korean War No More Manchurias
55
Dag Hammarskjold
75
Suez The Empires Strike Out
94
The Battles of Katanga and the Crash of Hammarskjold
115
Adlai Stevenson and the Cuban Missile Crisis The UN as Theater
135
Javier Perez de Cuellar and the End of the Cold War
239
The Persian Gulf War
257
Boutros BoutrosGhali
278
The Somalia Debacle
294
Alibi The UN in Bosnia
312
The Fiftieth Anniversary
330
Sources
341
A UN Chronology
357

U Thant and the Quest for Peace in Vietnam
153
The SixDay War
169
Kurt Waldheim The Big Lie
185
Zionism Is Racism
204
UNESCO Defenses of Peace in the Minds of Men
222
UN Peacekeeping Missions as of April 1995
367
The UN System
374
Index
377
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About the author (1995)

Stanley Meisler was born in Bronx, New York on May 14, 1931. He received a bachelor's degree in English from the City College of New York in 1952 and took graduate courses in English literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He became a reporter for The Middletown Journal in Ohio in 1953. He joined The Associated Press a year later and covered the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s march on Washington in 1963 for them. In 1964, he was hired as a deputy to Charles Peters, at the time the director of the Office of Evaluation and Research at the Peace Corps. He joined The Los Angeles Times in 1967. He wrote several books including United Nations: The First Fifty Years, Kofi Annan: A Man of Peace in a World of War, When the World Calls: The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and Its First Fifty Years, and Shocking Paris: Soutine, Chagall and the Outsiders of Montparnasse. He died from heart failure on June 26, 2016 at the age of 85.

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