Described as "the largest collection of foreigners in the world", the United Nations is frequently criticised and much maligned. This book looks back on the spirit and personality of the United Nations as it has evolved since 1945. Through photography and text, the exceptional personalities - politicians, diplomats and celebreties - associated with the organisation are captured. Kruschev, Castro, Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Gromyko and many others have all in different ways left their marks on the UN.
The early years, Kathleen Telsch; keeping the peace, Michael J. Berlin; a look at some peacekeepers, Karl Maier; nurturing the children, Francis Wilkinson; the UN spirit, Michael Ryan; safeguarding the environment, David E. Pitt; the population challenge, Vivienne Walt; securing relief and refuge, Sheila Rule; catalyst for trade and development, Bhaskar Menon; confronting the nuclear threat, William D. Hartung; fostering independence, Claude Robinson; defending human rights, Thomas Hammarberg; recording UN history, Michael Littlejohns; nongovernmental organizations, Karen Polk; an insider's look; the UN and its agencies.