The Diplomat: Lester Pearson and the Suez Crisis by Antony Anderson

The Diplomat: Lester Pearson and the Suez Crisis

byAntony Anderson

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Shortlisted, John W. Dafoe Book Prize

Saturday, November 3, 1956

The United Nations, New York City

about 10 p.m.

Lester Pearson, Canada's foreign minister (and future prime minister) stands before the United Nations General Assembly. He is about to speak, reading from a proposal composed of seventy-eight painstakingly chosen words. These words, shaped by caution and hope, are a last-ditch attempt to prevent a conflict in Egypt from igniting a conflagration throughout the Middle East. Pearson, in perhaps his finest hour, is about to carve out a razor's edge of common ground to bring together angry allies and bitter enemies by suggesting and making possible the creation of the first UN peacekeeping force.

Pearson's diplomacy throughout the Suez Crisis launched a bold experiment in international security and cemented Canada's reputation as "a moderate, mediatory, middle power." And yet, until now, no one has told the full story of how this Canadian diplomat led the world back from the brink of war. In a unique blending of biography and political history, Antony Anderson's The Diplomat draws from diplomatic cables, memoirs, diaries, anecdotes, official memoranda, and exclusive author interviews to create not only a compelling portrait of Pearson, the man at the centre of the negotiations, but also a nuanced analysis of the political maze navigated by Pearson to avert a bloody war.

About The Author

Antony Anderson has written and produced for numerous Canadian and international broadcasters, including CBC Radio, the Discover Channel, History Television, and TVOntario. His independent documentaries for Global Television include Facing the Century and Foreign Fields, a critical look at Canada's fading role on the world stage. His ...

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Title:The Diplomat: Lester Pearson and the Suez CrisisFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.3 × 6.4 × 1.25 inPublished:September 22, 2015Publisher:GSELanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0864928742

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Saturday, November 3, 1956The United Nations, New York Cityabout 10 p.m. Lester Pearson, Canada's foreign minister (and future prime minister) stands before the United Nations General Assembly. He is about to speak, reading from a proposal composed of seventy-eight painstakingly chosen words. These words, shaped by caution and hope, are a last-ditch attempt to prevent a conflict in Egypt from igniting a conflagration throughout the Middle East. Pearson, in perhaps his finest hour, is about to carve out a razor's edge of common ground to bring together angry allies and bitter enemies by suggesting and making possible the creation of the first UN peacekeeping force. Pearson's diplomacy throughout the Suez Crisis launched a blold experiment in international security and cemented Canada's reputation as "a moderate, mediatory, middle power." and yet, until now, no one has told the full story of how this Canadian diplomat led the world back from the brink of war. In a unique blending of biography and political history, Antony Anderson's The Diplomat draws from diplomatic cables, memoirs, diaries, anecdotes, official memoranda, and exclusive author interviews to create not only a compelling portrait of Pearson, the man at the centre of the negotiations, but also a nuanced analysis of the political maze navigated by Pearson to avert a bloody war. - 20150408" In 1957 Lester Pearson won the Nobel Prize for Peace for his diplomacy during the Suez Crisis. But what brought Pearson to Suez, and what explains why he acted as he did? Antony Anderson, in a work of stunning originality, traces the threads that linked Pearson and Canada to the Middle East, not just for a few months in 1956, but over the previous half century. This is a book that should be on the shelf of every Canadian interested in our foreign policy, and public policy generally." — Robert Bothwell, author of Alliance and Illusion: Canada and the World, 1945-1984 - 20150901