Act of Creation: The Founding of the United Nations: A Story of Superpowers, Secret Agents, Wartime Allies and Enemies, and Their Quest for a Peaceful World

Act of Creation: The Founding of the United Nations: A Story of Superpowers, Secret Agents, Wartime Allies and Enemies, and Their Quest for a Peaceful World

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by Stephen C. Schlesinger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813332753

ISBN-13: 9780813332758

Pub. Date: 12/12/2004

Publisher: Basic Books


In Act of Creation, Stephen C. Schlesinger tells a pivotal and little-known story of how Secretary of State Edward Stettinius and the new American President, Harry Truman, picked up the pieces of the faltering campaign initiated by Franklin Roosevelt to create a "United Nations." Using secret agents, financial resources, and their unrivaled position of…  See more details below

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In Act of Creation, Stephen C. Schlesinger tells a pivotal and little-known story of how Secretary of State Edward Stettinius and the new American President, Harry Truman, picked up the pieces of the faltering campaign initiated by Franklin Roosevelt to create a "United Nations." Using secret agents, financial resources, and their unrivaled position of power, they overcame the intrigues of Stalin, the reservations of wartime allies like Winston Churchill, the discontent of smaller states, and a skeptical press corps to found the United Nations. The author reveals how the UN nearly collapsed several times during the conference over questions of which states should have power, who should be admitted, and how authority should be divided among its branches. By shedding new light on leading participants like John Foster Dulles, John F. Kennedy, Adlai Stevenson, Nelson Rockefeller, and E. B White, Act of Creation provides a fascinating tale of twentieth-century history not to be missed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813332758
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
12/12/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
374
Sales rank:
757,731
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.04(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1The Takeover1
2The League Follies: Wilson and Roosevelt17
3The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Leo Pasvolsky33
4Yalta and Aftermath: Roosevelt's Last Acts53
5Truman and Stettinius: The Awkward Alliance73
6Secret Agents, Big Powers93
7Americanizing the Conference111
8The Bitter Trade-Off127
9Full-Court Press143
10The Amendment Marathon159
11Rockefeller's Bounty: The Regional Option175
12The Twenty-Three Questions193
13The Mission to Moscow209
14The Final Battles227
15The Fall of Stettinius245
16The Ratification Story263
Epilogue281
Text of President Truman's Address289
Charter of the United Nations295
Notes323
Bibliography349
Index357

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