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Public Papers of the Secretaries-General of the United Nations. Vol. VIII: U Thant, 1968-1971
Public Papers of the Secretaries-General of the United Nations. Vol. VIII: U Thant, 1968-1971
Edited by Andrew W. Cordier and Max Harrelson
Columbia University Press, 1977, 709 pp

The concluding volume in this series portrays the frustrations of U Thant during the last four years he served as Secretary-General. The editors depict the dilemmas of a world leader witnessing the erosion in authority of the United Nations and his efforts to provide a forum for resolving international conflicts - the Middle East, Cyprus, Indochina, South Asia - and internal wars - Nigeria. Of special importance are Thant's well-articulated views assessing the role the U.N. has played in the past and should fill in the future.