Dag Hammarskjold, Custodian of the Brushfire Peace

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An International Priesthood

Administration had first claim on Hammarskjold as he settled in on the thirty-eighth floor. It was to be his major concern that whole initial year lending weight to those who thought he intended to model himself on the civil servantdiplomat, Sir Eric Drummond, rather than on the politicianstatesman, Trygve Lie.

And yet the way he took over what he called the "overwhelming job as chief administrator of the UN Secretariat" quickly indicated that here was a man who would establish more precedents than he would follow, and a man who was certainly no "clerk."

The administrative problem, when Hammarskjold assumed office, was explosively political. That secular priesthood known as the UN Secretariat, whose holy writ is the Charter and whose church is the UN organization, had become a badly

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  • Acknowledgments *
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  • 1 - Custodian of the Brushfire Peace 1
  • 2 - Dag Hammarskjold -- Who is He? 7
  • 3 - The Swedish Heritage . . . the Private Man Should Disappear."" 16
  • 4 - An International Priesthood 46
  • 5 - Mission to Peking 56
  • 6 - Holding the Line in the Middle East 66
  • 7 - Back from the Brink 80
  • 8 - The Steep Hill of Suez 94
  • 9 - Arab Good Neighbors"" 112
  • 10 - Constantly Rebuffed but Never Discouraged"" 128
  • 11 - Preventive Diplomacy 137
  • 12 - The UN and the Cold War 147
  • 13 - The UN as a Third Force 164
  • 14 - A UN Presence 177
  • 15 - Vox Populorum 189
  • 16 - The Sources of His Power"" 203
  • 17 - The Private Man 213
  • 18 - The Congo-- Precedent or Fiasco? 223
  • 19 - Chairman Khrushchev Pounds the Desk 263
  • 20 - One-Man Job 281
  • Epilogue 293
  • Index 298
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