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Best Intentions Kofi Annan and the un in the Era of American World Power

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ISBN-10: 0312426747

ISBN-13: 9780312426743

Edition: N/A

Authors: James Traub

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Updated for the Paperback Edition nbsp; For most of his career as secretary-general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan was the embodiment of the institution's best elements: A Nobel Prize winner, gracious, even-handed, and brilliant, he was considered one of the best ever to hold the position. By the end, after genocide in Darfur, the Oil For Food scandal and war in Iraq, many felt the UN had failed its constituents too many times to forgive, and Annan had nearly been forced from office. nbsp; Did the U.N.'s 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? nbsp; InThe Best Intentions, New York Times Magazinewriter James Traub traces the intertwined histories of Kofi Annan and the U.N. from 1992 to the present. In Annan he sees a conscientious idealist given too little credit for advancing causes like humanitarian intervention, an honest broker crushed between American conservatives and Third World opponents. But he also describes a U.N. careerist, a bureaucrat who has absorbed the institutional culture and can not, in the end, escape its limitations.
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

JAMES TRAUBis a contributing writer forThe New York Times Magazine. He lives in New York City.

Preface
A Greater Magna Carta...
A Gold Coast Man
Peace, Not Justice
The American Candidate
Kofi in the Lion's Den
Bosnia Never Again
The Exquisite Ironies of Benevolent Colonialism
Romancing Cousin Jesse
Who's Going to Run Afghanistan?
Saddam's Pyrrhic Victory
"What Did They Die For?"
The Security Council Fiddles While Darfur Burns
The Gentle King and His Court
Two Cheers-If That-for Diplomacy
Oil-for-Food: The Witch Hunt
Kofi Briefly Rescued by Disaster
Nice Guys Get Crushed
"They're Laughing at Us in Khartoum"
Oil-for-Food: The Nightmare
The Black Hole of Kinshasa
America's Interest in UN Reform Is...What, Exactly?
John Bolton's Nuclear Strategy
Model UN
Epilogue
Afterword
A Note on Sources
Acknowledgments
Index