Lucia Mouat, The United Nations’ Top Job: A Close Look at the Work of Eight Secretaries General (2014).

Despite limited legal power, the job of the United Nations secretary-general has evolved into that of an often-effective global leader and mediator. When the Security Council is blocked – and sometimes even when it isn’t – the UN’s top official has played a key role in resolving international disputes. This book looks at the varied ways that the eight secretaries-general — from risk-takers to cautious conservatives – have used their position to pursue the common goal of a more peaceful world.

About the Author
Lucia Mouat is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Academic Council on the United Nations System. A longtime correspondent and editorial writer for the Christian Science Monitor, she covered the UN as her last assignment. She holds a BA in international relations from the University of Wisconsin and an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Massachusetts.