By Stephen Schlesinger
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In between, for a two-year period, Dr. Mitchell Moss, Director of Taub Urban Research Center at New York University, lent me an office—a generous gesture for which I am truly appreciative. I worked on weekends, in the evenings, on vacation, or at other odd hours I could find, to complete my book. My model for this sort of feverish activity was James Chace, one-time editor of the World Policy Journal, who managed with considerable agility to craft a superb biography of Dean Acheson while holding down a full-time teaching position at Bard, editing the Journal, writing important pieces for magazines, and performing dozens of other professional tasks.
Alk. paper) 1. United Nations—History. I. Title. : alk. 48–1984. Text design by Brent Wilcox Typeface used in this text: Apollo MT 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 To my mother and my father They performed a great task of creation. ADLAI STEVENSON Chicago Bar Association June 28,1945 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This book had a lengthy gestation period. I first began to contemplate it when I read a New York Times story dated August 11, 1993, revealing that the United States had undertaken spying at the founding conference of the United Nations in San Francisco in the spring of 1945.
As Truman noted in his diary for April 12, “I knew the president had a great many meetings with Churchill and Stalin. ”3 Yet the vice president was also not as naïve a man as some Americans suspected, nor was he a hack from the Pendergast political machine of Missouri, which others feared. A self-educated man who never attended college, he had an almost ravenous interest in history. In his memoirs, he reports that as a boy he indulged in “endless reading of history,” a passion he continued as an adult.