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The Golden Thread: The Cold War Mystery Surrounding the Death of Dag Hammarskjöld review Í 9 · A true story of spies and intrigue surrounding one of the most enduring unsolved mysteries of the 20th century investigative reporter Ravi Somaiya uncovers the story behind the death of renowneOldville the capital of the Congo Hours later he would be found dead in an African jungle with an Ace of Spades tucked in his collarHammarskjöld had been head of the United Nations for nine years He was legendary for his dedication to peace on earth But dark forces circled him a powerful and connected group of people from an array of nations and organizations in. This non fictional narrative reads like a spy thriller

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Cluding the CIA the KGB underground militant groups business tycoons and others were determined to see Hammarskjöld failA riveting work of investigative journalism based on never before seen evidence recently revealed first hand accounts and groundbreaking new interviews The Golden Thread reveals the truth behind one of the great murder mysteries of the Cold War. Visit I David's blog at Golden Thread The Cold War and the Mysterious Death of Dag Hammarskjold Ravi Somaiya takes the reader back to the mid 20th century a time when European colonization of Africa and Asia was being terminated in favor of self rule I read many histories But this is the first I have read about this eraIn 1960 when Belgium departed from the Congo now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo the southernmost and richest province declared its independence as the State of Katanga At the reuest of Congo’s Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba the United Nations sent armed forces to try to reunite Katanga with the Congo From that point on the armed conflict was between UN forces and Katanga forces In the hopes of negotiating a peace settlement on September 17 1961 Secretary General of the UN Dag Hammarskjold embarked on a secret flight to an airport in Rhodesia to meet with Moise Tshombe the head of Katanga However on its approach to the airport Hammarskjold’s plane crashed and he was killed Official inuiries conducted immediately after the crash held by both Rhodesian and UN authorities concluded that it was caused by pilot error However several people primarily friends of Hammarskjold did not trust the conclusions of these tribunals and commenced their own investigations Throughout the years others have continued these investigations Somaiya masterfully describes these efforts to determine the exact events surrounding this plane crash He explains why there were good reasons to disbelieve the conclusions of the original inuiries The investigating tribunals consisting of only white officials summarily disregarded the testimony of multiple African witnesses who saw a second plane following Hammarskjold’s plane and possible flashes from that second plane before Hammarskjold’s plane went down And these tribunals inexplicably failed to investigate the possible motives of others who might have wanted to prevent a peace agreement under which Congo’s new government ruled over a reunited Katanga Somaiya shrewdly reveals that there were plenty of entities with such motives The European white nationalist mercenaries who were hired to fight for Katanga might have wanted the war to continue to protect their paychecks The European mining company that was continuing to operate in Katanga might have feared the rule of Congo’s new government And the United States and Britain might have been concerned that Congo’s new government was subject to Soviet influenceAs in any well told mystery Somaiya divulges new witnesses and additional pieces of relevant evidence that turn up every time someone new attempts to reopen the inuiry And he increases the mystery and raises additional suspicions by pointing to numerous governmental agencies that continue to refuse to provide access to evidence that may be locked away in their archives While I always enjoy good history books they usually take some time to read This is a rare history book that I could not put down In addition to being a great mystery it was also an excellent reminder of the tragic harm caused by European colonization of the African continent I give this book 5 stars and recommend it for anyone interested in a good true life mystery international diplomacy andor 20th century history

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The Golden Thread The Cold War Mystery Surrounding the Death of Dag HammarskjöldA true story of spies and intrigue surrounding one of the most enduring unsolved mysteries of the 20th century investigative reporter Ravi Somaiya uncovers the story behind the death of renowned diplomat and UN Secretary General Dag HammarskjöldOn Sept 17 1961 Dag Hammarskjöld boarded a Douglas DC6 propeller plane on the sweltering tarmac of the airport in Leop. I was unable to put this book down Dag Hammarskjöld was the UN's Secretary General in 1961 This book looks at what happened to Dag Hammarskjold when he tried to go to Ndola to negotiate peace in the area and was killed along with his aides and crew as they were about to land There is an amazing Golden Thread that pulls all the investigation first person accounts transcripts etc over the years into what accounts as the tragic and disturbing murder of a very very good man