A Life in Peace and War

Brian Urquhart (Author)


“[Urquhart is] an accomplished memoirist whose prose is graceful, often funny, and unfailingly readable. . . . [His] perspective on history is compelling. . . . Full of fascinating anecdotes and asides.” —Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times

How can peace be encouraged and sustained in a violent world? For nearly half a century at the United Nations, ultimately as Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs, Brian Urquhart wrestled with this problem at its front lines. Managing the United Nations’ peacekeeping operations in the world’s hot spots—the Congo in the aftermath of Patrice Lumumba’s assassination, Cyprus at the bloodiest moment of conflict between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, Kashmir, and, through the tragic cycle of four wars, the Middle East—he has tested the limits, and the possibilities, of peacekeeping in the modern world.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • August 1991
  • ISBN 978-0-393-30771-9
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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