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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

Author: Stephen C Schlesinger
Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, ©2003.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen C Schlesinger
ISBN: 0813333245 9780813333243 9780813332758 0813332753
OCLC Number: 52520112
Description: xviii, 374 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The takeover --
The League follies : Wilson and Roosevelt --
The unlikely pilgrimage of Leo Pasvolsky --
Yalta and aftermath : Roosevelt's last acts --
Truman and Stettinius : the awkward alliance --
Secret agents, big powers --
Americanizing the conference --
The bitter trade-off --
Full-court press --
The amendment marathon --
Rockefeller's bounty : the regional option --
The twenty-three questions --
The mission to Moscow --
The final battles --
The fall of Stettinius --
The ratification story.
Responsibility: Stephen C. Schlesinger.
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The dramatic unfolding of how, against seemingly hopeless odds at the end of World War II, the most important international organization in the world, the United Nations, came to be  Read more...

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