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Trygve Lie And The Cold War: The UN Secretary-General Pursues Peace, 1946-1953
By James Barros
Northern Illinois University Press, 1989, 445 pp.
As the first secretary-general of the United Nations, Trygve Lie ran into many difficulties: the powers of the office were not established and he sought a broad conception of them, the East-West confrontation was at its height and this Norwegian had the confidence of neither camp. Barros approaches the man and his times in a thoroughly balanced and scholarly manner in this most impressive book. While sympathetic to his aims he faults Lie for being too political and incautious. Despite Lie's total commitment to the United Nations he is seen as having been "the wrong man, in the wrong job, at the wrong time."
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