Beginning with the structure of the UN and its primary agencies, the events which led to its formation, the roles of the Security Council and General Assembly and the men who pioneered their inception, this comprehensive study then turns to individual accounts of the major crises tackled by the UN, both successes and failures. The stories of Palestine and the UN's powerful part in the birth of Israel, the Berlin Blockade and its abolition, the Korean war, the Suez Canal dispute, the Hungarian revolt, the formation of UNEF, and the Congo crisis, all indicate the victories, compromises and blunders of the United Nations. The details of each account are untangled and made understandable so that the reader himself can evaluate the effectiveness of the UN. A great deal of attention also, is devoted to the agencies working for the betterment of mankind in deprived areas. Concise, yet detailed enough to highlight the essential aspects and history of a complex organization, this is recommended to all intelligent young readers.