I chose this book to give the general reader an idea of what the UN is like after the Cold War. Hannay tries to explain what the UN does well and what it does less well. He tries to keep people’s morale up about the fundamental usefulness of the UN, if we understand what its limitations are. There is, to some extent, a pessimistic message in there: we could have got it right, we didn’t get it right, there are things we must do, if we don’t do them, we may well be heading for more trouble. That’s the overall message.