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Pilgrimage For Peace: A Secretary General's Memoir Hardcover – August 15, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (August 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312164866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312164867
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,360,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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High-level statesmen commonly publish their memoirs after retirement. This book by the veteran Peruvian diplomat and former UN secretary-general is in the best tradition of diplomatic historiography. Perez de Cuellar's tenure at the United Nations' helm coincided with some of the most tumultuous events in the second half of the 20th century, including the demise of the Soviet Union. In this memoir, Perez de Cuellar describes the difficulties of dealing with such international crises as the Falkland Island/Malvinas War, the Iran-Iraq War, the hostage episode in Lebanon, the Gulf War, and other critical developments that involved the international organization. The author, who now lives in Spain and heads the UNESCO Commission on Cultural Development, has written a book that is useful to both the general public and the academic community.?Nader Entessar, Spring Hill Coll., Mobile, Ala.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description

Javier Perez de Cuellar served as the Secretary General of the United Nations from 1982-1991, a period in which some of the most dramatic and politically significant events of the late 20th century occurred. In this book, he shares his impressions of some of the powerful world leaders who he worked with, of the roles they played in these events, and of his impressions of them.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "ddmiis" on January 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Reviewed in International Relations Vol14 No4 April 1999 byPETER UNWIN...
To be Secretary-General of the United Nations must bethe world's most impossible job. He must take a view on all theworld's problems, and action on many of them. He leads anunderfunded organization and a staff notoriously uneven in itsabilities and commitment. In everything he undertakes he has toprotect his objectivity, remembering the disparate interests of theglobal constituency he serves. And day-in-day-out the world demandsof him solutions to the insoluble, all too often undercuts hisefforts, and blames him for his failures.
To produce a readablememoir of a Secretary-General's experiences must be literature'smost impossible task. The tasks he faces are by their very natureepisodic, eclectic, disparate, tackling first this challenge to theworld's well-being and then that. And that vast majority of readerswho still locate themselves first by reference to the country fromwhich they come, look for a national focus which a conscientiousSecretary-General must eschew.
This is a background against whichJavier Perez de Cuellar has produced Pilgrimage for Peace, an accountof his stewardship in tackling fifteen of the multitude of issues withwhich he was involved as Secretary-General between 1982 and 1991. Theyrange from Lebanon to Central America, Cambodia to Yugoslavia, takingin things like Cyprus, Namibia and the Western Sahara along theway. There is something here for everyone, but the episodes which arelikely to interest a predominantly British-based readership areperhaps his accounts of the Falklands crisis and of the War in theGulf.
In describing his attempts to find a peaceful resolution tothe Falklands dispute, Perez de Cuellar confronts very frankly his ownLatin American background.
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Wonderful book. Best of its kind in its genre. The world. Peace.
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By Augusto Thornberry on January 13, 2015
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Indispensable to understand today's world.
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