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Five to Rule Them All: The UN Security Council and the Making of the Modern World

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Five to Rule Them All tells the inside story of this remarkable diplomatic creation. Drawing on extensive research, including dozens of interviews with serving and former ambassadors on the Council, the book chronicles political battles and personality clashes as it opens the closed doors of its meeting room. What emerges here is a revealing portrait of the most powerful d ...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2009)
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Mac
Sep 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Buy, Borrow or Burn: Burn. The title made this book an instant grab for me as I was hoping to gain deeper insight into the Security Council. Unfortunately, the book sadly disappointed and felt underdeveloped and poorly researched. I would recommend this topic but another book on this subject.

One Word: Underdeveloped.

Style/Structure: Fair.
Kirsten Allen
Oct 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
An interesting read detailing the history of the Security Council. I was interested in reading this book to better understand why the Security Council is incapable of responding to situations of genocide or crimes against humanity. The author is very clear in demonstrating the utility of the Security Council, a necessary point since a lot literature out there on the Security Council deals more with its inutility and the need for Security Council reform. Given the changing line up of countries th ...more
Tara deCamp
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics, war
In "Five To Rule Them All", David Bosco seamlessly weaves together a series of pivotal events to create a compelling, informative, and thoroughly entertaining narrative of the UN Security Council. It is obviously well-researched, but instead of being boringly informative it weaves a compelling narrative.

Main takeaway: While the Security Council has fallen short in achieving many of its goals, it has succeeded in accomplishing its primary objective: to avoid conflict between the great powers.
Tony Fleming
May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating read! If it was not non-fiction, it would make an excellent political thriller. I found myself breathlessly anticipating what the Russian ambassador would say next or what position the British would take.
Leo
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: peacemakers
A good history of the UN from it's formation through it's deliberations on the Iraq War. I wished it was able to continue through 2013 and the Syrian debate.
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