„There is no better rule of thumb for a Secretary General at a moment of new challenge or crisis than to ask himself: How would Dag Hammarskjöld have managed?“
These words of Kofi Annan underline the importance of Dag Hammarskjöld in the office of UN Secretary General from 1953 to 1961. He prevented World War 3 between China and the U.S. in 1955, banned the FBI and CIA from UN buildings, ignored the veto in the Security Council in 1956, and invented the UN blue helmet soldiers in the Suez Canal crisis.
You guess why this world citizen was assassinated in September 1961?
Who was this person who was posthumously awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1961 – as an advocate of a Third Force or Third Way between the two superpowers and as an initiator in the process of decolonization? This book provides answers that point to our present and to the future of humanity.
"Dag Hammarskjöld stands out. He had the power to evoke a vision. He kept the spirit of the UN Charter alive in the darkest times." B. Boutros-Ghali, former UN Secretary General
„There is no better rule of thumb for a Secretary General at a moment of new challenge or crisis than to ask him-self: How would Dag Hammarskjöld have managed it?“ Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General (quotation Foreword)
"Humanity. It would be people like Dag Hammarskjöld in whom the vision became grounded." Yehudi Menuhin (quotation Preface letter)
"This book of yours contains political as well as spiritual explosive force." Desmond Tutu, Peace Nobel Laureate
"This book is like the sea voyage to a sunken continent namend Hammarskjöld." Thor Heyerdahl, Ethnographer and Head of the Kon-Tiki-Expedition
About the Author
Stephan Mögle-Stadel, born in 1965, the Author of this remarkable Biography of the late UN Secretary General and Peace Nobel Laureate Dag Hammarskjöld served in his younger years the United Nations in New York City after refusing the German Military Service as a conscientious objector and a citizen of the world. He wrote a Psychoanalysis in his draft about the costs of militarism and ecological warfare.
Within the frame of his UN work he published in 1993 the Boutros-Ghali book "UN-organized World" in German language as editor and a few years later in 2003 the book "UN-finished Road" by Kofi Annan.
He was 1995 co-author and editor of the Futurology study "Is the Future still savable?" where his mentor Prof. Dr. Dr. Ossip K. Flechtheim was the main author.
In the 90s he served the "Gesellschaft für Zukunftsmodelle und Systemkritik e.V." (Association for Future Scenarios and System criticism) as Chairman of the Advisory Board, was a longtime member of the "Erich Fromm Society for humanistic social psychology" and did research and media work for the Chairborad of the Club of Rome (CoR). He was CoB think tank member for two years.
His book "Die Unteilbarkeit der Erde" (The indivisibility of Earth) published in 2006 bears the subtitle "An Answer to the Club of Rome". In an interview with the German Newspaper "Süddeutsche Zeitung" in August 1996 Stephan predicted the clash of the financial capitalism markets in 2008.
His specialty is psychohistory, an interdisciplinary field of research between depth psychology and futurological history analysis. In his private life he practices 3-D-chess, Tai Chi, Chan Buddhist mediations and Jnana / Kundalini Yoga.