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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: NEW INTERNATIONALIST (15 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190445688X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904456889
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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So what is the United Nations? What are its component parts and how do they operate? Who owns the organisation and to whom is it accountable? What are its true capabilities? This No-Nonsense Guide provides an excellent start to answering those questions, and many others...Maggie Black has written a number of No-Nonsense Guides to international issues, as well as books on water, development and children's rights. Her straightforward, readable approach to the United Nations as it is in real life provides a valuable opportunity to comprehend the gap between the reality and the perception of the UN, and what may be needed to make it effective in the most difficult areas of international misunderstanding. I hope that as many people as possible will read it...Sir Jeremy Greenstock, former UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations

About the Author

Maggie Black has written books for OUP, UNICEF, and Oxfam. She has worked as a consultant for UNICEF, Anti-Slavery International, and WaterAid, among others, and has written for the Guardian, The Economist and BBC World Service

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Doing international law - nice to find book that just sums things up without throwing a silly number of dates at you. Important treaties are mentioned and structure of UN is explained well.
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Maggie Black does a fantastic job in describing the United Nations in all of its complexities and with great nuance. She does this with succinct, engaging writing filled with important information. It's a great tutorial on the UN that discusses both its achievements and failures. Black discusses the types of reforms needed at the UN as well. A friend of mine who has worked for the UN for 30 years says it's the best book on the UN and he's read many large tomes on this topic.
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