On December 10, 1948, after midnight, the UN General Assembly saw its first standing ovation for a single delegate. Representatives of 51 nations across the globe rose from their chairs to honor a 64–year-old woman, Eleanor Roosevelt, who had just made history.
As a fervent anti-slavery activist, Lucretia Coffin Mott attended the World’s Anti-Slavery Convention in London in 1840, only to be told that because she was a woman, she could not be a full participant in the Convention.
This book’s trenchant analysis of what ails the running of the globe should be read by policymakers everywhere, and certainly by those many citizens who concern themselves with fostering a better and more functional world. Change comes slowly, but this book is a prodding catalyst.
Robert I. Rotberg, Harvard Kennedy School, author of On Governance