A World Made New tells the dramatic story of the struggle to build, out of the trauma and wreckage of World War II, a document that would ensure it would never happen again. There was an almost religious intensity to the project, championed by Eleanor Roosevelt under the aegis of the newly formed United nations and brought into being by an extraordinary group of men and women who knew, like the framers of the Declaration of Independence, that they were making history. They worked against the clock, the brief window between the end of World War II and the deep freeze of the cold war, to forget the founding document of the modern rights movement.
A distinguished professor of international law, Mary Ann Glendon was given exclusive access to personal diaries and unpublished memoirs of key participants. An outstanding work of narrative history, A World Made New is the first book devoted to this crucial moment in Eleanor Roosevelt's life and in world history.
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"For anyone interested in Eleanor Roosevelt or human rights, this book is a must. It shows ER "on her own," a pragmatic visionary leading the effort to create one of the twentieth century's most important documents. An essential part of our history, almost lost, has been brilliantly recovered by Mary Ann Glendon. Her book belongs on the shelf of anyone who cares about human rights or the UN, and it makes clear why Eleanor Roosevelt considered the Universal Declaration her most important achievement."
—Richard C. Holbrooke, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
"At long last a first-rate study of Eleanor Roosevelt's supreme accomplishment: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In Mary Ann Glendon's excellent A World Made New we learn the inside story of this historical undertaking aimed at alleviating suffering around the world. One can only marvel at the framers' unwavering committment to freedom, solidarity, and peace. This is not just a book: it's an instructive blueprint for how to make a better world."
—Douglas Brinkley, author of FDR and the Creation of the United Nations
"From the cataclysmic wrongs of the 20th century, there emerged some of the most important rights in history. Mary Ann Glendon tells this fascinating story as only she can—with wisdom, passion and elegance. She brings the players alive and explains the importance of universal rights to every person on this planet. A great book and an important read."
—Alan M. Dershowitz
"A riveting account of the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and of the underappreciated work of one remarkable woman—Eleanor Roosevelt—in representing the United States in this endeavor. It is a story newly relevant to the post-Cold War world."
—Francis Fukuyama, author of The End of History and the Last Man
"This is a cracking good story, rich with wisdom and full of newly discovered details. The tale of the intense personal struggles involved in drafting and voting on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has never been told. No one but Mary Ann Glendon knows enough about comparative law, history, and philosophy to have told this tale. Her book reads like a philosophical novel, full of larger than life personalities."
Mary Ann Glendon is Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University. She led the Vatican delegation to the Beijing Women's Rights conference in 1995, the first woman ever to lead a Vatican delegation, and has been featured on Bill Moyers's World of Ideas. She is the author of Rights Talk; A Nation under Lawyers; Comparative Legal Traditions (a classic textbook on international law); Abortion and Divorce in Western Law, winner of the Scribes Book Award; and The Transformation of Family Law, winner of the Order of the Coif Prize, the legal academy's highest award for scholarship. She lives in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
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