Brian Urquhart

Brian Urquhart is a former Undersecretary-General of the United Nations. His books include Hammarskjöld, A Life in Peace and War, and Ralph Bunche: An American Life.

A British sailor signaling a merchant ship as it passes the naval control base in the Thames estuary, November 1939

The Turbulent Giant

Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

by Simon Winchester

April 7, 2011 issue

Václav Havel leaving an unofficial meeting with Lech Wałesa at the Czech–Polish border, March 17, 1990

Revolution Without Violence?

Civil Resistance and Power Politics: The Experience of Non-violent Action from Gandhi to the Present

edited by Adam Roberts and Timothy Garton Ash

Facts Are Subversive: Political Writing from a Decade Without a Name

by Timothy Garton Ash

March 10, 2011 issue

UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld and General Assembly President Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit at a meeting of the assembly, September 1953

Finding the Hidden UN

No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations

by Mark Mazower

UN Ideas That Changed the World

by Richard Jolly, Louis Emmerij, and Thomas G. Weiss, with a foreword by Kofi A. Annan

May 27, 2010 issue

Paul Nitze and George Kennan at Kennan’s farm in Pennsylvania, mid-1950s

A Contest in the Cold

The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War

by Nicholas Thompson

December 17, 2009 issue

George W. Bush and Saudi Arabian Ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan at the President's ranch, Crawford, Texas, August 27, 2002

Blundering in the Mideast with Prince Bandar

A World of Trouble: The White House and the Middle East— from the Cold War to the War on Terror

by Patrick Tyler

Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East

by Rashid Khalidi

August 13, 2009 issue

Reinhold Niebuhr, 1963

What You Can Learn from Reinhold Niebuhr

The Irony of American History

by Reinhold Niebuhr, with an introduction by Andrew J. Bacevich

The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism

by Andrew J. Bacevich

The Freedom Agenda: Why America Must Spread Democracy (Just Not the Way George Bush Did)

by James Traub

March 26, 2009 issue

One Angry Man

Surrender Is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations and Abroad

by John Bolton

March 6, 2008 issue

Living in an Impasse

It's Easier to Reach Heaven Than the End of the Street: A Jerusalem Memoir

by Emma Williams

The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East

by Robert Fisk

September 21, 2006 issue

The Outlaw World

Lawless World: America and the Making and Breaking of Global Rules from FDR's Atlantic Charter to George W. Bush's Illegal War

by Philippe Sands

Lawless World: The Whistle-Blowing Account of How Our Leaders Are Taking the Law into Their Own Hands

by Philippe Sands

War Law: Understanding International Law and Armed Conflict

by Michael Byers

Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq

by Stephen Kinzer

May 11, 2006 issue

The UN Oil-for-Food Program: Who Is Guilty?

The Management of the United Nations Oil-for-Food Programme (five volumes)

a report by the Independent Inquiry Committee into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Programme

Manipulation of the Oil-for-Food Programme by the Iraqi Regime (one volume)

a report by the Independent Inquiry Committee into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Programme

February 9, 2006 issue

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