Forty Years: A Third World Soldier At the UN

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Forty Years: A Third World Soldier At the UN

By Carlos P. Romulo
Greenwood Press, 1986
220 pp. $29.95

General Romulo of the Philippines was a fixture at the United Nations, something of an institution himself, from the start in 1945 until his retirement in 1983. His memoirs, with no pretense of being systematic, follow the ups and downs of the organization's history, garnished with impressions, anecdotes and conversations with delegates and the world's statesmen. Always a friend of America, he was no automatic supporter of U.S. policies and did not hesitate to give his U.S. colleagues timely warnings and advice, especially about Washington's course in Asia and its downgrading of the U.N. His recommendations for revising the U.N. Charter (including removal of the veto) and improving the work of the organization are seriously meant; they also have little chance of succeeding.

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