Dag Hammarskjold -- Who Is He?
In the spacious, rose-carpeted office that houses the U. S. Secretary of State, the telephone rang. It was the end of March 1953, and John Foster Dulles, its new occupant, was conferring with H. Freeman ("Doc") Matthews, Acting Deputy Under-Secretary and formerly in charge of the European desk, and Paul H. Nitze, head of the Policy Planning Committee but about to leave the government.
Dulles listened, put down the receiver and turned to the two men: "That's Cabot Lodge. He tells me they have suggested a fellow by the name of Hammarskjold and ` Vishinsky has accepted."
"If you can get him, grab him," Doc Matthews commented. Nitze recalled having dealt with Hammarskjold in 1946 when the Swedish-U.S. trade agreement was renegotiated at Sweden's request. Sweden had run into a foreign exchange crisis and needed relief. He had never seen a better-organize