A Life in Peace and War

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“[Urquhart is] an accomplished memoirist whose prose is graceful, often funny, and unfailingly readable. . . . [His] perspective on history is compelling. . . . Full of fascinating anecdotes and asides.” ―Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times

How can peace be encouraged and sustained in a violent world? For nearly half a century at the United Nations, ultimately as Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs, Brian Urquhart wrestled with this problem at its front lines. Managing the United Nations’ peacekeeping operations in the world’s hot spots―the Congo in the aftermath of Patrice Lumumba’s assassination, Cyprus at the bloodiest moment of conflict between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, Kashmir, and, through the tragic cycle of four wars, the Middle East―he has tested the limits, and the possibilities, of peacekeeping in the modern world.

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Sir Brian Urquhart succeeded Ralph Bunche as United Nations Undersecretary General for Special Political Affairs. He is Scholar in Residence at the Ford Foundation and author of A Life in Peace and War, also a Norton paperback.

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Former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations (and author of a highly regarded biography of Dag Hammarskjold), Urquhart has written an informative, incisive, and very readable account of his peacekeeping assignments from the earliest days of the UN until his retirement last year, an account that includes a clear explanation of how the organization works and where it has failed. His portraits of Hammarskjold and Kurt Waldheim are of particular interest. A profound admirer of the former, his appraisal of Waldheim is scathing. Urquhart served as a British intelligence officer during World War II and strongly opposed Operation "Market Garden," which turned out to be a major disaster. His inability to do anything to prevent it colored his view of the world ever after and gives the main body of his illustrated memoir a special poignancy. For all that, A Life in Peace and War is often very funny. It is certainly beautifully written.
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