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Act of Creation : The Founding of the United Nations - Stephen Schlesinger

Act of Creation

The Founding of the United Nations

Paperback Published: 1st December 2004
ISBN: 9780813332758
Number Of Pages: 400

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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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"'[Schlesinger's] detailed account of the scheming, skullduggery and political horse-trading behind the creation of the UN is a timely reminder of what the organization's founders expected it to become'. The Economist"

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Takeoverp. 1
The League Follies: Wilson and Rooseveltp. 17
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Leo Pasvolskyp. 33
Yalta and Aftermath: Roosevelt's Last Actsp. 53
Truman and Stettinius: The Awkward Alliancep. 73
Secret Agents, Big Powersp. 93
Americanizing the Conferencep. 111
The Bitter Trade-Offp. 127
Full-Court Pressp. 143
The Amendment Marathonp. 159
Rockefeller's Bounty: The Regional Optionp. 175
The Twenty-Three Questionsp. 193
The Mission to Moscowp. 209
The Final Battlesp. 227
The Fall of Stettiniusp. 245
The Ratification Storyp. 263
Epiloguep. 281
Text of President Truman's Addressp. 289
Charter of the United Nationsp. 295
Notesp. 323
Bibliographyp. 349
Indexp. 357
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ISBN: 9780813332758
ISBN-10: 0813332753
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st December 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.5  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1

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