From his various perches at the United Nations, at the World Bank, and in the British government, Malloch-Brown has seen global institutions struggle with terrorism, poverty, financial crises, and environmental threats. Part autobiography and part political treatise, his book journeys through the recent past, relating the highs and lows of global governance. At the United Nations, where Malloch-Brown started in the 1980s, the organization labored under its bureaucratic weight and political stalemate but began to find a successful role in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations. At the World Bank, he joined others in pushing for political reforms in addition to market reforms. Malloch-Brown argues that as global challenges mount, states will find it harder to deliver security and welfare for their citizens and so the demand for international cooperation will grow. Although he calls for a new "global social contract," the book's account of three decades of laboring within the halls of bureaucracies suggests that muddling through may be the most one can expect.