The Best Intentions: Kofi Annan and the UN in the Era of American World Power

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Bloomsbury, 2007 - United States - 442 pages
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In 2004 Kofi Annan was nearly hounded from office by scandal. Following the invasion of Iraq, critics, and even some supporters, began asking whether the UN had outlived its usefulness. Do its failures arise from its own structure or from a clash with a US administration determined to go its own way? James Traub, who enjoyed unprecedented access to Annan and his aides from 2003 to 2006, delves into these questions and describes the Oil-for-Food scandal, the failed attempt to act decisively against ethnic cleansing in Sudan, and Annan's sweeping reforms.

The Best Intentions is both a fascinating fly-on-the-wall account of Annan's two terms as Secretary General and an important critical study of the institution that has carried the best hopes of the world since 1945.

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User 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

THE BEST INTENTIONS: Kofi Annan and the UN in the Era of American World Power

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A heartbreaking book about a hardworking idealist's frustrated attempts to restore the stature of the cumbersome United Nations in a world dominated by "the preemptively belligerent America."New York ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

James Traud has been a contributing writer for The New York Times magazine since 1998, where he writes about international affairs, US foreign policy and national political issues. He has written three books, including City on a Hill and The Devil's Playground. He lives in New York City.

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