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Markings by Dag Hammarskjöld
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Dag Hammarskjold was the Secretary-General of the United Nations, killed in a plane crash in Africa on a peace mission in the Congo. Hammarskjold was a quiet, introspective personality. His seminal work probably was his diary, published after his death. "Markings" is a journey into the mind of a a man who faced the problems of the world, confronted them and seized the moment. It is a journey of philosophy, feeling and introspection. His private moments and poetry are caught in the best a leader can offer.

Hammarskjold was a author in his own right, a prolific translator of works into his native Swedish and all around philosopher of his day. He brought that to the UN when he became the youngest Secretary-General to hold the post.

Markings reflects his innermost thoughts at some of the greatest crisis points to affect his era. Suez, the Congo, the Cold War and India all were on his agenda at one time or another. How he faced these troubles is reflected in his diary where he detailed his thoughts. His Markings is a collection of poetry, quiet reflection and philosophy about life and the world he was in. Sometimes touching on a crisis, sometimes a poet, sometimes an essayist, its an eclectic collection of reflection, poetry and the deep thoughts of a great leader of the last half century.
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Jean I've loved this since I read it in high school. It is one of those I have kept in hardcopy. :)


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