The Best Intentions: Kofi Annan and the UN in the Era of American World Power
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During his first term as secretary-general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan was one of the most widely admired men in the world. In 2001, he won the Nobel Peace Prize. Then the UN failed to stop war in Iraq and genocide in Darfur, and the institution was engulfed by the Oil-for-Food scandal. By the time Annan left office in December 2006, both he and the UN had suffered a terrible loss of standing.
Did the UNís failures arise from its own structure and culture or from a clash with an American administration determined to go its own way in defiance of world opinion?
In The Best Intentions, New York Times Magazine writer†James Traub traces the entwined histories of Kofi Annan and the UN from 1992 to the present, and offers a definitive portrait of the institutionís role in the age of American dominance.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bookalover89 - LibraryThing
I really enjoyed this book! James Traub goes inside the UN culture and it's SG Kofi Annan. The UN is in no doubt needs a makeover, or it will still be as screwed up as it is now. Read full review
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There are books that you wish it never ends. You enjoy reading bits of it every now and it never fails to keep you thinking. This is definitely one of these books and I am enjoying it to the level that I don't want to finish it. Read full review
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