Roland Burke reviews 'Who Killed Hammarskjöld? The UN, the Cold War and White Supremacy in Africa' by Susan Williams

Who Killed Hammarskjöld?: The UN, the Cold War and White Supremacy in Africa: Susan Williams

Columbia University Press (Footprint Books), $52.95 hb, 331 pp, 9780231703208

The circumstances surrounding Dag Hammarskjöld’s death on 18 September 1961 have been the subject of a catalogue of suspicion, speculation, and official scrutiny since the moment the charred carapace of his plane, the Albertina, was recovered outside Ndola, Zambia. Did it, as the then-Rhodesian authorities concluded, crash? Was it shot down by a mysterious second plane? Was it blown up by a carefully emplaced bomb? Susan Williams pursues all of these possibilities, and various subspecies of them, in her exhaustively researched account, Who KilledHammarskjöld? The UN, the Cold War and White Supremacy in Africa.

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Roland Burke

Roland Burke

Roland Burke, author of Decolonization and the Evolution of International Human Rights (2010), is a lecturer in world history at La Trobe University.

Published in June 2012 no. 342

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