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ISBN-13: 978-0300141979 ISBN-10: 0300141971 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 2nd edition (June 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300141971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300141979
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'No one knows the big picture and inner workings of the UN better than Linda Fasulo. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in international affairs.' Tom Brokaw, NBC News 'With fine journalistic clarity, the author leads readers through the complex organizational structure of the United Nations, shedding light on its mission, evolution, and controversies.' Christine C. Menefee, School Library Journal 'The indispensable source on the United Nations for everyone from students to diplomats. I keep it handy on my desk.' Joseph S. Nye, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University"

About the Author

Linda Fasulo is a longtime independent correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR) and NBC News.


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I read a library edition of this book.
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I was impressed by the sheer amount of information in this book---and by how easy it was to understand.
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I would recommend the book for those interested in this organization.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By NYClights4 on April 30, 2009
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This book is great: a lucid and entertaining account of the United Nations. It's impressive that Fasulo is able to explain the functionings of such a large (and some would argue convoluted) organization with such clarity. The text is spry, and it's clear that the author has had a lot of experience as an independent chronicler of the organization. The text covers the history of the United Nations as well as recent and relevant topics such as climate change and the election of Barack Obama. The numerous candid accounts from diplomats, observers, supporters, and critics alike make you really feel like you are an "insider." A very fresh and smart book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RangerDoug on March 29, 2014
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Bought this as a recommended reading item for a political science class in International Law and Institutions. The author, Linda Fasulo, may be familiar to many as one of National Public Radio's correspondent to the UN, and she does a good job of explaining what the UN is, and what it is NOT.

Many Americans have strong feelings about the United Nations, but all too few of them really understand its charter and purpose, its organization, the rules under which it operates, and its constraints. This concise, well-written introduction should be required reading for anybody who decides to comment on the UN.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By croznik on November 11, 2010
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The book was very informative and a good introduction to the workings of the UN. It was a good buy for me because what I needed was an introduction to the UN. However, I found the author's writing overly stylistic and formal considering the intended audience. I was especially dismayed by her categoric refusal to use the first person and her slightly pedantic vocabulary while at the same time dozens of typos and mispellings were scattered throughout the book. I am very happy with my purchase, but I definitely won't be rushing to read any of her other books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Plate on March 28, 2013
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A richly informed tour d'horizon of the United Nations, filled with anecdotes and insight and told with economy and impact. Highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bomb Man58 on November 23, 2009
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Author Linda Fasulo has delivered a very interesting insider's story to how the United Nations operates and some of the key people within the world body. I have not read her earlier version of this book, however this second edition covers the workings of the United Nations and looks at how some of the main committees and organs of the UN conduct business and some of the issues that confront the UN in an ever-changing world.

I liked this book because the author delivers a good storyline in an easy, conversational style.

The books gets inside various major areas of the UN like the General Assembly; examining how the General Assembly rapidly expanded, with the continuing addition of new nations of the world. Currently the membership of the UN stands at over 190 nations. The workings of the Security Council and the various world concerns the SC deals with are also discussed; for example discussion and voting in the SC can last something like 10 mins on a resolution, however all the hard talk and negotiation has previously taken place by the members prior to casting their vote.The discussion on the push for expansion of extra 'permanent' seats on the council and also expansion of the number of sitting nations is very interesting.

The personal glimpses of various personalities who work, or who have previously worked for the UN, would also indicate the author has a long experience with working inside the UN headquarters; to be able to relate to some of the issues described in the book and also how those international figures related their story to her.

The book is also an abbreviated history of the UN, tracing its formation in the closing stages of the Second World War and how it has progressed under the previous Secretary-Generals.
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By texdiveguy on March 6, 2013
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This is a great book for one just getting into understanding the UN. Up to date information and photos. I would recommend the book for those interested in this organization.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By London27 on October 24, 2009
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I was impressed by the sheer amount of information in this book---and by how easy it was to understand. The author adeptly explains the functioning of the United Nations as well as the UN in an historical context. The writing is clear and enjoyable to read, and the diagrams and photos add an all-important visual aid. This book would be great as a text for a class or even just a stellar pleasure reading book for those interested in international relations.
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