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An Insider's Guide to the UN

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  149 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews

This completely revised edition of Linda Fasulo’s popular guide to the United Nations surveys the world body’s programs and activities, and covers key issues including human rights, climate change, counterterrorism, nuclear proliferation, peacekeeping, and UN reform.  It also offers guidelines for setting up a Model UN.


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Paperback, Second Edition, 280 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Yale University Press (first published November 1st 2003)
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Frank Stein
May 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
This is not really an "Insider's Guide to the UN." No insider's guide would admit in its sources section that it "relied heavily on the web sites of the UN and its various organs, agencies, commissions, and programs," or cotton to heavily "consult[ing:] the standard reference work by the UN, 'Basic Facts about the United Nations.'" Websites and a reference book as your best sources? Come on! Sure, Linda Fasulo is a respected NPR reporter on the UN, and she did seem to interview everybody at the ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Nice detailed insight about the UN and its functions
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative. Dry, at times, but most UN related things are pretty dry, no?
Justin Espe
Linda Fasulo's purpose in writing An Insider's Guide to the UN is to help anyone interested in international affairs understand the purpose on the United Nation's. Linda wanted to share with her reader's some important things about the UN. She wanted to make it easier for people interested in the program to understand its true purpose and the major role that it plays in today's society. Linda wrote the book to explain to the reader all the programs that are run through the UN. Overall she wanted ...more
Jedi Kitty
I found about a quarter of this book to be useful/interesting. The rest read like an introductory textbook- passionless, trying very hard to be balanced with opinions from each side, and a bit obvious.

This is a solid introduction to the UN and the main issues the UN addresses. It is only 200 pages, so it is a succinct, straightforward and simple overview. I think it's useful for high school or college students' level.

The author offers a lot of quotes on various issues from people high in the UN-
Becki Iverson
Jan 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a resounding disappointment. It is rare that I am unable to slog through at finish a book, but I barely made it to about halfway through this before I gave up. On the surface it covers every topic one would need in order to understand how the U.N. works. Unfortunately, Fasulo is unable to resist keeping a running commentary of her personal opinion of each (contemporary at the time) office and officer, and her monologue thoroughly detracts and distracts from the rare nugget of nonfic ...more
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
United Nations is a fascinatating organization.
Many people have different opinions about the UN. Some say that it contributes a lot to reinforcing world peace, while others claim that it lacks practical powers and oftentimes fail to properly put measures on certain problems. I personally really feel disapointed by it too, when I see crisis like the Syrian War that the UN should be putting appropriate measures on but it isn't. Regardless, I think that this book really has a lot of inofrmation ab
Dec 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Contrary to what my librarian friend thinks, this is not a dry read. In fact, if you have any interest whatsoever in the inner workings of the United Nations, I highly recommend Linda Fasulo's book. The author details each division/council by chapter in a purposeful manner. The book also touches upon topics like international terrorism, the AIDs situation in Africa and war crimes. Kofi Annan's career as the Secretary General is discussed and the overthrow of Boutros Boutros Ghali is briefly ment ...more
anique Halliday
In no way shape or form does Fasulo, an NBC Reporter who it turns out was on UN lobby payroll [], get the story right about the UN. Her shoddy journalism reads like a sweetened-tea version of the behemoth bureaucracy. The fact that this book ever got published is infuriating.
Feb 13, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yawn... a few nice quotes but no real journalism here in my opinion, rather just a canonization of Kofi Annan. If you are a high school student looking for a general overview of the organization, then maybe it's worth your while.
Cherika Hardjakusumah
I bought this book at UN Bookstore. This book is really helpful for the beginner who's interested in United Nations thingy, especially if you're studying International Relations, this is a must-have one. You'll find some funny facts that you won't find in any other books.
Mar 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have a remote interest in International Affairs then this is the book for you. You learn about the inner working of the United Nations and their many branches of specialized organizations as well as their non-governmental partners around the globe.
Oct 11, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to know about the UN
Great book, not too technical, easy to follow, very well written and enthralling. Love it!
Feb 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Very useful book. I learned a lot about the UN, its history, and its various components. Easy read too.
Denise DeRocher
Meant for high school students, I think....
Jan 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Accurate and insightful - very informative.
Tuomas Hiltunen
Jul 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
This informative book gives the basic facts about the United Nations. And a little bit of gossip, too.
Mar 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little dry, not very readable, but overall informative.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-politics
Easy-to-read, US-centric breakdown of the systems and personalities within the UN. The focus is more on current events and personalities (as of 2004) than the nuts and bolts of the UN itself.
Jun 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Simplistic, but readable. The environment sections could use some work though.
Kristinn Valdimarsson
Einfalt yfirlit yfir sögu og starfsemi UN ætlað fólki í USA.
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