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What People are Saying

“[T]ruly a groundbreaking work in the study of the history of the United Nations.… This is an elegantly-written book, with an ironic sense of humor and balanced analysis. Any scholar interested in the Cold War would benefit greatly from reading Gaiduk’s meticulously-researched study. The book is a pleasure to read, which makes it especially useful as a text for both undergraduates and graduate students.”—Svetlana Savranskaya, Journal of Cold War Studies

“Specialists on Soviet-American relations and international relations more generally will find it enhances and refines their understanding of US and Soviet policies toward the United Nations.”—David Foglesong, H-Net

“This academic monograph is a must-read for anyone who teaches or writes about the early Cold War or the United Nations. It could be equally valuable to a classroom audience…”—Russian Review

“This volume picks up on familiar threads synthesizes them, embellishes them with excellent materials from Soviet sources, and presents them clearly.”—Mel Leffler, University of Virginia

“Gaiduk’s research into the off-limits Soviet archives represents an original contribution to a better understanding of US-Soviet tensions at the UN.”—Stephen Schlesinger, author of Act of Creation

Chapter List

1. Introduction: An Elusive United Nations 

2. On the Way to the United Nations

3. A Very Tense Opening

4. The Cold War Enters the UN: US Rhetoric versus Soviet Propaganda

5. The Friendly Enemies

6. The Long Year 1950

7. Frosts, Thaw, and Crises

8. In Search of New Allies

9. With and Without

10. Conclusion: From Hell to Heaven?

About Woodrow Wilson Center Press

Woodrow Wilson Center Press publishes books by fellows, other resident scholars, and staff written in substantial part at the Wilson Center.