Dag Hammarskjold, Custodian of the Brushfire Peace

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The Private Man

Except in times of crisis, Hammarskjold shuts up shop around 8:00 P.M. Generally he goes home to his bachelor apartment in the East Seventies and a variety of civilized in terests. These are mirrored in the furnishings of the capacious eight-room apartment.

There are the stacks of books sent him by the Swedish Academy and some of the rare editions which he has been collecting for a long time. There is a small but select record collection. The climber's alpenstock given him by the Sherpa guide Tensing hangs over the fireplace. By his bedside table there is a Catholic hymnal. One or two samples of his amateur photography adorn the walls of his study and a few Swedish paintings are discriminatingly hung in the soft white living and dining rooms. The most important piece of furniture in the study is a spacious writing table designed for him by the Swedish architect Andreas Bjorklund, on which his Swedish

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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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