Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1960. Second Edition. Cloth. Important ASSOCIATION COPY belonging to Adlai Stevenson: Small 4to, grey cloth with gilt lettering over black label, liv + 387 pages. Prospectus laid in. Near Fine. Item #242
A handsome, tight, and bright Presentation Copy belonging to future UN. Ambassador, Adlai E. Stevenson. On the front endpaper it reads: "To / Adlai E. Stevenson / with appreciation and thanks / from / Grenville Clark / July, 1960."
Adlai E. Stevenson II (1900-65) served as the governor of Illinois (1949-53), and was a presidential candidate two times against Eisenhower in 1952 and 1956.
Prior to his appointment in 1961 as United States Ambassador to the United Nations by president John F. Kennedy, Stevenson had been actively involved with the U.S. Secretary of State and the Preparatory Commission of the United Nations Organization in the creation of the United Nations in 1945, and afterwards during its formative period. A prominent attorney, witty and glib spokesman, as well as politician, Adlai Stevenson continued throughout his life to be an exceptional advocate for world peace.
Adlai Stevenson served as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations under presidents John F. Kennedy from 1961-63; reconfirmed by president Lyndon B Johnson through July of 1965, when he died from a heartattack..
As our UN Ambassador, Stevenson was an eloquent chief spokesman. Notably, he was embroiled in debates during the Bay of Pigs (about which he was kept embarrassingly misinformed by JFK and his administration). During the ensuing Cuban Missle Crisis, Stevenson challenged Soviet Ambassador Zorin: "Do you deny that the US.S.R. has placed and is placing medium- and intermediate-range missle sites in Cuba?" When Zorin balked, Stevenson indicated memorably that he would "wait until hell froze over" for an answer, "Yes or no!"
Thereafter, Ambassador Stevenson was also actively involved with revolution in the Congo, the war in Vietnam, and revolt in Santa Domingo. He took special pride in having been an important architect of the world's first Nuclear Test Ban treaty in 1963, which proscribed all but underground nuclear testing.
Historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., said of Stevenson, "To the United States and the world, he was the voice of reasonable, civilized, and elevated America."
This is the revised second edition of this important 1958 study of legal institutions. Its accompanying Prospectus describes the volume as:
"The most thorough and comprehensive effort to formulate in full detail the world institutions which are essential for the achievement of total disarmament and the establishment of effective world law for the prevention of war."
Very slight wear to extremities, else an exceptional Presentation Copy from Ambassador Adlai Stevenson's library!