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The year is 1997, Michael Soussan, a fresh-faced young graduate takes up a new job at the U. N. s Oil-for-Food Program, the largest humanitarian operation in the organizations history. His mission is to help Iraqi civilians survive the devastating impact of economic sanctions that were imposed following the 1990 invasion of Kuwait. As a gaffe-prone novice in a world of sensitive taboos, Soussan struggles to negotiate the increasing paranoia of his incomprehensible boss and the inner workings of one of the worlds notoriously complex bureaucracies. But as he learns more about the vast sums of money flowing through the program, it becomes clear that all is not what it seems. Soussan becomes aware that Saddam Hussein is extracting illegal kickbacks, a discovery that sets him on a collision course with the organizations leadership. On March 8, 2004, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed editorial, Soussan becomes the first insider to call for an independent investigation of the U. N. s dealings with Saddam Hussein. One week later, a humiliated Kofi Annan appointed Paul Volcker to lead a team of sixty international investigators, whose findings resulted in hundreds of prosecutions in multiple countries, many of which are still ongoing. Backstabbing for Beginners is at once a witty tale of one mans political coming of age, and a stinging indictment of the hypocrisy that prevailed at the heart of one of the worlds most idealistic institutions.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781568583976
ISBN-10: 1568583974
Format: Hardback
(236mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Nation Books
Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
Publish Date: 4-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Michael Soussan

Michael Soussan's articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The New Republic,, Commentary Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Politique Internationale, and The International Herald Tribune. He holds an MA in International Relations from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, a certificate in screenwriting and film directing from NYU, and a BA from Brown University, where he founded and edited The Brown Journal of World Affairs. Michael Soussan's story is the subject of two documentaries about the UN. He has been invited to lecture by various organizations, including the World Affairs Council and the Ditchley House at Oxford. He lives in New York City.

Books By Michael Soussan

Backstabbing for Beginners by Michael Soussan
Paperback, June 2010