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A U.S.-U.N. Saga


Boutros Boutros-Ghali (View Bio)
Hardcover: Random House, 1999; Paperback: Random House, 2000.


"Those anxious to understand how the UN went missing in action in Kosovo will find Boutros-Ghali's account of his troubled tenure as UN secretary-general (1991-96) useful. Here he focuses on the often tense relationship between the top multilateral diplomat and the United States. This down-to-earth, 'now it's my turn to speak' autobiography takes Boutros-Ghali from the obscurity of the Egyptian Foreign Office to the heights of international diplomacy.... Boutros-Ghali writes with vigor and candor, reflecting angrily on the U.S. veto of his reelection. On the cusp of the 21st century, myriad global problems make world governance a necessity, but nearly 200 sovereign states, vast structural power inequalities, and individual egos are making such governance nearly impossible to achieve. UNVANQUISHED starkly highlights the abyss between the dream and the reality." — Library Journal

"A vivid, engaging self-portrait of a superb diplomat undone by politics." — Kirkus Reviews

"[A] cogent critique of U.S. diplomacy." — Booklist

"...the book is likely to be mined for its revealing if anecdotal portrayal of a politically thin-skinned and often indecisive President [Clinton]." — The New York Times Book Review

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