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The No-Nonsense Guide to the United Nations

The No-Nonsense Guide to the United Nations    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-897071-42-7
Pages 160
Language English only
Price $16.00
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Written by Maggie Black.
Published in Canada in association with New Internationalist™ Publications Ltd. by Between the Lines, 2008.


The task of understanding the UN is mind-bendingly difficult. In her book to distil the history of the United Nations into one accessible volume, Maggie Black explains how this complex organization works. In doing so she explores its successes, failings, and limitations.

This No-Nonsense Guide addresses the UN’s creation and early history; how it is structured; and whether it is adequately constituted to perform its functions. She considers possibilities for reform to make it more democratic and effective.
"Well-informed, acutely insightful, sharply opinionated and highly readable—a must for anyone interested in the UN." – Shashi Tharoor, former UN Under-Secretary General
About the author: Maggie Black has written books for Oxford University Press, 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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