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Hammarskj÷ld: A Life


After his mysterious death in an air crash in central
Africa, Dag Hammarskjöld was described by U.S. president John F. Kennedy as the "greatest statesman of our century." Second secretary-general of the United Nations (1953-61), he is the only person to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize posthumously. Through extensive research in little explored archives and personal correspondence, Roger Lipsey has produced the definitive biography of a truly great individual.

Hammarskjöld the statesman and Hammarskjöld author of Markings, a classic spiritual journal, meet in these pages—and the reader will meet them both. A mid-twentieth century figure, Hammarskjöld speaks directly to our time.