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on March 29, 2014
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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on July 16, 2016
I found this book really dry. I was required to read this text for a class, but I honestly think it was too detailed for us MUN delegates. For people who want to understand the UN inside and out, the newest edition of this book would be good for you. Otherwise, I don't recommend it.
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on February 12, 2016
This book compliments the United Nations in the 21st century. This give us the dynamics of the UN. I can't wait until this book gets an update to more current procedural information.
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on November 23, 2009
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. The author examines the post of the UN Secretary-General and describes some of the challenges the various UN SG's have been confronted with; also covering such stories as the election of a new UN SG after the first term of Boutros-Boutros Ghali; the only UN Secretary-General to have served only one term in office.

The author touches on the reforms the UN has undergone and also the various days of the year the UN has acknowledged in order to promote various world causes; there are almost sixty days in each year that have been held up to recognise various world concerns ranging from recognition of the importance of water on our planet, through a day for teachers and even awareness of the impact on people landmines and unexploded ordnance make.

In summary a well written and carefully laid out book that describes the development of the UN and the various activities and functions it undertakes.The book also examines the possible future of the UN in a world very different from the world in which it was first created. Well done, Linda Fasulo!
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on March 28, 2013
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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on March 6, 2013
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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on October 24, 2009
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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on November 11, 2010
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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on March 13, 2014
the book was in perfect condition and the person I got it for was excited and happy to get this item on her wish list.
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on August 12, 2013
The book is pretty good and delivers what it promised.

I have nonethless some restrictions about the content as a whole

1. In my point of it laks an important topic in the beggining related to the theoretical foundation of the U. N. sysrem. I mean it's important to have some information about the kantian moral philisophy that founds the idea of the an international body working for the wellbeing of humanity. I imagine that a couple of pages, just few paragraphs would be useful

2. The chapters dealing with more technical issues like human rights and environment could have stronger information and data even if in an introductory way

3. It's quite U.S. biased even if it's not something that bothers me too much

4. Finally she gives not her own point of view about the U.N. system. The author place herself quite neutral. She could have shown herself more envolved with the objectives of this organization thus having more independence of thinking

A good book but I will have to read another onw to find out the information I need at that point
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