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Stephen C. Schlesinger, Act of Creation: The Founding of the United Nations

Stephen C. Schlesinger, Act of Creation: The Founding of the United Nations 214 Book review IOLR 2004 BOOK REVIEW Stephen C. Schlesinger, Act of Creation: The Founding of the United Nations (Boulder, Westview, 2003), 374 pp., ISBN 0-8133-3324-5, US$ 27.50. It is, or so it seems, difficult to market books on the United Nations these days, at least in the US. Stephen C. Schlesinger, author of the book under review and quite possibly related to the distinguished historian Arthur Schlesinger, recalls that it took him quite a bit of time to find a publisher interested in a history of the drafting of the UN Charter, and the final product carries on its front page not just title and subtitle but also the type of blurb that would not look out of place on the cover of a Tom Clancy novel. It concerns, so we are informed, “A Story of Superpowers, Secret Agents, Wartime Allies and Enemies and their Quest for a Peaceful World”. The most remarkable in that enumeration is the reference to secret agents, and indeed Schlesinger does present a nice, but rather inconsequential story according to which the US delegation at the UN Conference in San Francisco was usefully informed of most other delegationsʼ plans as the US http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Organizations Law Review Brill

Stephen C. Schlesinger, Act of Creation: The Founding of the United Nations

International Organizations Law Review , Volume 1 (1): 214 – Jan 1, 2004

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Brill
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© 2004 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1572-3739
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1572-3747
DOI
10.1163/1572374043242466
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214 Book review IOLR 2004 BOOK REVIEW Stephen C. Schlesinger, Act of Creation: The Founding of the United Nations (Boulder, Westview, 2003), 374 pp., ISBN 0-8133-3324-5, US$ 27.50. It is, or so it seems, difficult to market books on the United Nations these days, at least in the US. Stephen C. Schlesinger, author of the book under review and quite possibly related to the distinguished historian Arthur Schlesinger, recalls that it took him quite a bit of time to find a publisher interested in a history of the drafting of the UN Charter, and the final product carries on its front page not just title and subtitle but also the type of blurb that would not look out of place on the cover of a Tom Clancy novel. It concerns, so we are informed, “A Story of Superpowers, Secret Agents, Wartime Allies and Enemies and their Quest for a Peaceful World”. The most remarkable in that enumeration is the reference to secret agents, and indeed Schlesinger does present a nice, but rather inconsequential story according to which the US delegation at the UN Conference in San Francisco was usefully informed of most other delegationsʼ plans as the US

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Published: Jan 1, 2004

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