In the first book to distill the entire history of the United Nations into one accessible volume, Maggie Black explains how this complex organization works. In doing so, she explores its successes, failings, and limitations.
This No-Nonsense Guide addresses the U.N.’s creation and early history, how it is structured, and whether it can effectively fulfill its mandate. The author considers possibilities for reform to make it more democratic and efficient.
Black’s hard-nosed mini-history of the United Nations is compact and highly readable… an ideal primer for a new generation as well as a welcome memory-refresher for those of us who think we know it.– Frederic Eckhard, official spokesperson for Kofi Annan, 1997-2005
Well-informed, acutely insightful, sharply opionated and highly readable – a must for anyone interested in the UN!– Shashi Tharoor, former UN Under-Secretary-General
|Chapter 1||We the Peoples|
|Chapter 2||Bringing an End to the Scourge of War|
|Chapter 3||Rescue and Relief|
|Chapter 4||UN Development Assistance: Good, Bad or Indifferent?|
|Chapter 5||Laws and Prophets|
|Chapter 6||Protecting the Global Commons|
|Chapter 7||The Prospects for UN Reform|