Dag Hammarskjöld was one of the greatest international civil servants of all time and remains a well renowned and respected person across the globe. His leadership, integrity and values still serve as a source of inspiration for many people today.
When Dag Hammarskjöld took over the post as Secretary-General of the United Nations, he was greeted with the words: “Welcome … to the most impossible job on this Earth.” He was a compromise candidate who was assumed to be a weak and docile administrator. But, to everybody’s surprise, he stood up against the superpowers and with unshakeable integrity he defended the interests of small nations. His leadership and principled action shaped the modern UN. Dag Hammarskjöld made the “impossible job” possible.
The historian and biographer Henrik Berggren tells the amazing story of a man whose individuality and occasionally profound loneliness was more than outweighed by a profound sense of duty and humanism – qualities that truly defined his character. In this captivating and concise biography, Dag Hammarskjöld the man and the diplomat emerges in a new and vivid way. It is illustrated with more than a hundred unique images, many of them being published for the first time.
About the Author
Henrik Berggren (1957) is a historian, journalist and biographer. He obtained his MA in 1986 at the University of California, Berkeley in Modern European History, and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Stockholm 1995 in History. Berggren served as Guest professor at JWG-university, Frankfurt-am-Main in 1997. His career in journalism involves several senior positions at Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
Henrik Berggren has written extensively on Swedish political culture. In 2010, he published a biography of Olof Palme that has been translated into six languages, and his first novel was published in 2014. The biography “Dag Hammarskjöld – Markings of His Life” was published in 2016 by Bokförlaget Max Ström and is available in Swedish and English.
Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation
Established 1962 in memory of the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation’s mission is to catalyse dialogue and action for a socially and economically just, environmentally sustainable, democratic and peaceful world. In the spirit of Dag Hammarskjöld, the Foundation aims to generate new perspectives and ideas on global development and multilateral cooperation. The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation builds bridges between actors and provides space for those most affected by inequalities and injustice.