In This Review

A History of the United Nations Charter
A History of the United Nations Charter
By Ruth B. Russell Assisted by Jeannette E. Muther
Brookings Institution, 1958, 1140 pp.

This volume, one in a series of Brookings Institution studies on the United Nations, is a very substantial account of the planning and negotiation, between 1940 and 1945, that led to the United Nations Charter. Based in good part upon unpublished State Department materials, it clearly demonstrates, among other things, that the so-called "veto power" was an indispensable feature of the organization if it were to come into existence at all and still be authorized to maintain peace and security.