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The U.N. Exposed: How the United Nations Sabotages America's Security and Fails the World Hardcover – May 4, 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel HC (May 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595230203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595230201
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,730,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Eric Shawn's book is a blistering attack on the world body's corruption...and it delivers kncokout punches on every page. --

Shawn has delivered an intriguing and welcome introduction to the scandals that have plagued the troubled UN for years... -- Family Security Matters

This is surely one of the most important books to be published this year. -- Alan Caruba, Bookviews

[The U.N. Exposed] is the best investigative work on the U.N. in print. -- Bill O'Reilly

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"Eric Shawn makes a persuasive case that the U.N., while founded with noble intention, has drifted dangerously astray and desperately requires meaningful reform."
-Rudolph W. Giuliani, former mayor of New York City

"If any journalist can expose the U.N. with wit, style, and common sense, it's Eric Shawn. He's a pit bull with a pen!"
-Ann Coulter

"The United Nations organization has become like one of the banana republics which dominate so many of its sessions and committees... corrupt, hypocritical, undemocratic, and unstable.... Eric Shawn has been brave enough to wield one of the first shovels among the ruins of the status quo."
-Christopher Hitchens

"Eric Shawn is one of those rare newspeople who takes the trouble to get the whole story and understands the import of what he learns.... This book must be read by those who have dismissed all of the previous discussions as overblown rhetoric. Here are the facts; we cannot ignore them."
-Former senator Jesse Helms

"A scorching indictment of the U.N. by a journalist who has done as much to expose the puffed-up incompetents and frauds of Turtle Bay as anyone."
-Rich Lowry, editor, National Review

"I have criticized the UN on many occasions, calling it a cesspool and a monument to hypocrisy..... Eric Shawn has written a superb book that objectively lays out its many faults and failures-a desperately needed step in the right direction."
-Edward I. Koch, former mayor of New York City

"Eric Shawn's passionate, scrupulous, comprehensive reporting from the United Nations headquarters... leads the global media like the lead dog of the lead team on the Iditarod."
-John Batchelor, host, The John Batchelor Show

"You want to know the who, what, when and why about the U.N., how it's failed us, and how it's killing us? ...You must read this book."
-Colonel David Hunt, author, They Just Don't Get It

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Format: Hardcover
Conservatives have had problems with the United Nations since it was Wilson's League of Nations. The reasons are many and during the Cold War an extreme wing saw in this organization the vehicle for the totalitarian subjugation of the United States. Nearly everyone, including the vast majority of conservatives rejects such notions, but the problems with this international organization remain. Why?

This fine book will show you in a clear and timely fashion what is going on at the United Nations and it will make your blood boil. You will likely see why many have wondered why we continue to spend billions per year supporting such a dysfunctional and, well, corrupt group of bureaucrats who work for various forms of kleptocrats (klepping as many American aid dollars as they can - after all YOU can afford to have some of your tax dollars going to Swiss bank accounts for various foreign ministers, right?).

Eric Shawn does a great job of reporting. He starts off by taking us through the looking glass into what he calls U. N. World. It is a place of privilege, unaccountability, and inverted incentives (where it pays to fail at ones goals - in order to get more funding in order to continue the failure more expensively). Shawn then shows us how the press corps that is supposed to cover the U. N. really does all it can to aid and abet those in power. It is really an odd experience for anyone used to reading the American press tearing into those in power here.

Next, the author shows us how the members of the U.N. are really quite united behind the concept of anti-Americanism. This is so because the majority of the member nations are not democracies and resent any idea that their governments should become more open.
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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In this eye-opening book, the author reveals how the UN has descended into a mire of hypocrisy, incompetence, corruption and criminality. The organization has utterly betrayed its noble founding mission to prevent wars and promote world peace and co-operation.

It has in essence been transformed into a criminal gang that, amongst other activities, supports oppressive regimes, accepts bribes, enables terrorism, ignores the continued sexual exploitation of women by its so-called peacekeepers, failed to prevent the Rwandan genocide in 1994 or the Srebrenica massacre in 1995, scapegoats Israel and blames the USA for everything.

The author examines the Oil for Food scandal in great detail, also discussing its implications for the future. He exposes the sympathetic relationship of the media covering it with the bureaucrats of the world body and how reluctant these journalists are to report on scandals like the aforementioned Oil for Food fraud.

Ambassadors to the UN, even those from dirt-poor countries, live in opulent style, are exempt from sales tax and enjoy diplomatic immunity. This lifestyle is really funded by the American taxpayer since the US provides 22% of the UN budget.

When its failures and corruption are made public the organization ducks and dives and does everything possible to escape accountability and avoid reform. It is a complete disgrace and a blot on humanity.

Other books that confirm Shawn's revelations and provide further evidence are Global Deception by Joseph Klein, Tower Of Babble by Dore Gold, Inside The Asylum by Jed Babbin and The UN Gang by Juan Sanpedro. I highly recommend all of them to gain a comprehensive understanding of this loathsome and dangerous organization.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By news junkie/reader on June 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Eric Shawn has written a solidly researched book which informs and enlightens as it profoundly disturbs. It offers example after example (each one documented) of the hypocrisy, dysfunction and corruption that seems to have overtaken the World Body.

As someone who considers herself liberal, I found myself aghast as Shawn's book describes the blatant hypocrisy inherant in the lives of self-indulgent excess that diplomats from even the poorest countries seem to enjoy under the UN auspices, even as as their fellow countrymen starve.

Shawn's book raises interesting questions about the Iraqi war, which he interestingly points out might very well been avoided had the Security Council enforced its resolutions. One also has to ask oneself how France and Russia might have voted re. multi-lateral military action had they not been bribed by Sadaam. The book also makes the irrefutable argument that the UN has been utterly inept it dealing with some of most horrific international events of recent years ( (Bosnia,Rwanda, Darfur are but a few examples). And a hard-to-argue-with point Shawn makes is that in showing that it is either unwilling or incapable in dealing with international threats to security, the UN has ironically made the world a more dangerous place by empowering those would threaten it.

As Shawn's book details, under the UN supervised Oil for Food program, billions of dollars in aid for the needy of Iraq were diverted to corrupt businessmen and corporations, as Sadamm essentially bribed the Security Council. Never mind the traditional well-worn argument that the UN cannot be blamed for the behavior of its member states.
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