9780813332758

Act Of Creation

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  • ISBN13:

    9780813332758

  • ISBN10:

    0813332753

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-12-13
  • Publisher: Basic Books

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Summary

"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 U.N. 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 tale of twentieth-century history not to be missed."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

Stephen Schlesinger is Director of the World Policy Institute at the New School University in New York City. In the mid-1990s, he worked at the United Nations, and also served as a speechwriter and foreign policy advisor to New York's Governor Mario Cuomo for twelve years. He is a frequent contributor to magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and the New York Observer. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xv
The Takeover
1(16)
The League Follies: Wilson and Roosevelt
17(16)
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Leo Pasvolsky
33(20)
Yalta and Aftermath: Roosevelt's Last Acts
53(20)
Truman and Stettinius: The Awkward Alliance
73(20)
Secret Agents, Big Powers
93(18)
Americanizing the Conference
111(16)
The Bitter Trade-Off
127(16)
Full-Court Press
143(16)
The Amendment Marathon
159(16)
Rockefeller's Bounty: The Regional Option
175(18)
The Twenty-Three Questions
193(16)
The Mission to Moscow
209(18)
The Final Battles
227(18)
The Fall of Stettinius
245(18)
The Ratification Story
263(18)
Epilogue 281(8)
Text of President Truman's Address 289(6)
Charter of the United Nations 295(28)
Notes 323(26)
Bibliography 349(8)
Index 357

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