United Nations: The First Fifty Years

United Nations: The First Fifty Years

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by Stanley Meisler
     
 

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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

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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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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This lucid, popular version of the first 50 years of UN history by former Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent Meisler is organized around the various crises the UN has faced since its inception-Israeli independence, Korea, Suez, the Congo, Cuban missiles, Vietnam, the Six-Day War, the Gulf war-and also includes chapters on the various secretaries-general. Meisler doesn't pull any punches in assessing the policies and personalities of the world organization, excoriating former secretary-general Kurt Waldheim for concealing his past (``it seems like a fortuitous metaphor for the United Nations to be led during the 1970s by a Nazi and a liar''). Yet he is fair-minded in his presentation, opining that ``Though cautious, [Waldheim] was an adequate and active secretary general.'' This up-to-date account concludes with chapters detailing the UN's travails in the quagmires of Somalia and the former Yugoslavia. A handy primer for those who want to know the score but haven't taken the time to unravel the byzantine workings of the world organization. (Oct.)
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871136565
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Pages:
386
Sales rank:
1,284,495
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.10(d)

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Stanley Meisler, in his book United Nations: The First Fifty Years, takes an intelligible look into one of the most influential factors of international politics in the 20th century, the UN. Meisler carefully but accurately chooses instances from the first 50 years of the orginazation when the United Nations either achieved their goal in peacefully solving a crisis, or when they purely, simply, and plainly failed to do so. This creates a good balance; a rather unbiased position on the effectiveness of the United Nations thus far. Meisler's indirect rhetoric throughout the progression of events often brings one question to the mind of the reader: "So now that we know this, what can we do with the information?" This can be both beneficial as well as detrimental to the reader's conscience. On one side of the spectrum we have the everyday Joe pleading Meisler to answer the question for him and on the other we have the philosophical historian drawing conclusions on his own. In summation, Meisler's attempt to summarize a body whose events have been so varied in scope and sequence is a positive one, perhaps more practical for the politician looking to find reasons to make or break the reputation of this contreversial establishment.