An Insider's Guide to the UN


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Thoroughly revised and updated, a new edition of the most popular guide to the United Nations for students and interested readers

 “My UN bible. Linda Fasulo knows all the right questions and brings back all the answers readers need to know to navigate the UN.”—Olivia Ward, Toronto Star

 “The perfect guide to the global work on peace, development and human rights. It is ‘hands on’ and practical.”?Jan Eliasson, former UN Deputy Secretary-General

Prominent NPR journalist Linda Fasulo’s guide to the United Nations has established a reputation as the most lively, authoritative, and insightful book on its subject. Thoroughly revised and updated, with many new interviews of diplomats, experts, and officials, this fourth edition remains indispensable for understanding the UN’s role and impact on the world today.

Linda Fasulo, a longtime independent correspondent for National Public Radio, is based at the United Nations. She previously worked as UN reporter for NBC News, MSNBC, and U.S. News & World Report.

“This book is a must read for anyone interested in international affairs.”—Tom Brokaw, NBC News

 “I can attest that this work reflects real-ground truth about what happens at the United Nations, with timely insights and examples."?John D. Negroponte, former US Ambassador to the UN

 “Linda Fasulo’s book about the United Nations is the perfect guide to the global work on peace, development and human rights. It is ‘hands on’ and practical as well as pointing to principles and values crucial to international cooperation.”?Jan Eliasson, former UN Deputy Secretary-General

 “Linda Fasulo’s book will become the indispensable source on the United Nations for everyone from students to diplomats.”?Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government

 “Fasulo has produced a living primer for those interested in finding their way around the UN. It is an excellent book—full of solid fact and juicy opinion—just the kind of thing everyone wants to read.”—Shashi Tharoor, former UN Under-Secretary-General for Public Information

 “This unique book combines a solid guide to the workings of the United Nations with illuminating insights from credible and serious experts.”—Barbara Crossette, former New York Times bureau chief at the United Nations

 “It is an excellent introduction to the work of the United Nations and a valuable tool for anyone who wants to understand the complexities of the Organization in a clear and highly readable style.”—Heraldo Muñoz, former Ambassador of Chile to the United Nations

 “A sprightly, authoritative tour of the UN’s complex institutions, operations, history, personalities, and most important issues.”?John Hubell Weiss, Cornell University

 "An Insider's Guide to the UN is truly the only book of its kind, taking you behind the scenes to reveal how the UN is shaped not just by the Member States, but also by the press, NGOs, the Secretariat, activists, and much more." ?Chris Talamo, IMUNA

"Successive new editions of this valuable reference volume have kept up with an ever-changing UN in a fast-evolving world around it.  It has rightly been widely consulted."?David Malone, Rector of UN University

 “Students will find this a compelling read for insights into the internal dynamics of the UN at a time when it faces detractors and profound global challenges."—Chaldeans Mensah, MacEwan University and National Model UN

 “This book is an indispensable guide for exploring and navigating the UN world. Reading it is like holding a wonderful conversation in the UN Delegates Lounge with a collection of diplomatic personalities whom Linda Fasulo has consulted to enrich her book. ”?Diego Arria, former Venezuelan ambassador to the UN

 “This easily readable overview of the main activities of the United Nations system provides the reader with an appreciation of its complexity and of its many programs and agencies.”—James S. Sutterlin, author of The United Nations and the Maintenance of International Security

 “Great education for newcomers as well as long-timers at the UN.”—Mark Malloch-Brown, former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

 “The book is an essential and balanced tool for students at any level to learn about the United Nations.”?Michael Eaton, National Model United Nations

 “An Insider’s Guide is my UN bible. Linda Fasulo knows all the right questions and brings back all the answers readers need to know to navigate the UN.”—Olivia Ward, Toronto Star

“With highly readable and journalistic clarity, the author leads readers through the complex organizational structure of the United Nations. Her concise and entertaining narrative sheds light on its mission, evolution, and controversies.”—Jackie Gropman and Susan Woodcock, School Library Journal
ISBN: 9780300241259
Publication Date: March 30, 2021
352 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
50 b/w illus.