From Library Journal
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.
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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.