A running account of the main political-security issues that came before the United Nations during its first 40 years, by a well-informed correspondent who covered the world organization for the Associated Press. The book serves as a general introduction or survey, giving the salient facts in each case and showing how the U.N. was or was not used, but it sacrifices depth for breadth. Although he is clear on the point that the organization cannot act to keep the peace except as its key members and the restrictions of the U.N. Charter permit, the author does not tarry anywhere to explore its strengths and weaknesses or to consider how it may be made more effective in the future.
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