I read this book to find out about the grey buildings and the "highly paid" UN officials that I live near to in order to find out about their mindset. I had also seen and heard the man at conference shortly before he died. He appears to have been pragmatist when pursuing his tasks, not letting ideology/idealism hamper his effectiveness by making compromises in the short-term for long-term interests. The author shines a light on this attribute in a number of different situations he was involved in. Another aspect of the book that he could at times be a chauvanist in terms of philandering while his wife stayed in the background. He pursued his career giving top priority to it. I saw him at a conference on womens rights shortly before he died and this aspect left me wondering after I d read it. An excellent book showing what makes this particular type of "civil servant" tick and what the organisation demands of its people in terms of committment and loyalty.