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Who Killed Hammarskjöld? The UN, the Cold War and White Supremacy in Africa
One of the outstanding mysteries of the twentieth century is the death of Dag Hammarskjöld, the Swedish Secretary-General of the United Nations. On September 18, 1961, Hammarskjöld's aircraft plunged into a dense forest in the British colony of Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), abruptly ending his mission to bring peace to the Congo. Many suspected sabotage, accusing multina ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 2011 by Hurst and Co.
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Susan Williams seems to have contributed a lot of new and useful research to the matter of Hammarskjöld's death, but she hasn't found conclusive evidence proving that he was assassinated. She does a pretty good job of establishing that white Rhodesians, separatists in the Congo, and some Western governments all had the means, motive, and opportunity to attack or sabotage Hammarskjöld's plane. However, even some of the most suspicious behavior, like the Rhodesian government's apparent tampering w ...more
As one who lived in Northern Rhodesia at the time of Hammarskjold's death I found this book fascinating. It is well researched and documented and raises many questions concerning the circumstances of the plane crash near Ndola. It also provides a sense of who Hammarskjold was and his leadership with integrity in a world that desperately needed it.
I got this book through Interlibrary Loan, and started it - I hope to finish it someday, but right now it's too much detail and I'm not able to concentrate on it - I've requested a copy through my half.com wishlist - maybe when it comes - I really want to know more about UN history, especially the early years... suggestions welcome, as always!
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