Backstabbing for Beginners: My Crash Course in International Diplomacy Audiobook, by Michael Soussan Play Audiobook Sample

Download Backstabbing for Beginners: My Crash Course in International Diplomacy Audiobook

Backstabbing for Beginners: My Crash Course in International Diplomacy Audiobook, by Michael Soussan Play Audiobook Sample
FlexPass™ Price: $13.95
$7.95 for new members!(Includes UNLIMITED podcast listening) Add to Cart learn more
Regular Price: $25.98 Add to Cart
Author: Michael Soussan Narrator: Maxwell Hamilton Publisher: Hachette Original Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781478944614

Publisher Description

The year is 1997, Michael Soussan, a fresh-faced young graduate takes up a new job at the UN’s Oil-for-Food Program, the largest humanitarian operation in the organization’s 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 world’s 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, Soussan becomes the first insider to call for an independent investigation of the UN’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 man s political coming of age, and a stinging indictment of the hypocrisy that prevailed at the heart of one of the world’s most idealistic institutions.

Download and start listening now!


  • “Soussan brings provocative wit, a keen eye for detail, and a knack for revealing anecdotes to this important account of the rampant greed, hypocrisy, and cynicism festering behind the United Nations’ humanitarian credo.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “A worthwhile addition to current-events collections.”

    - Library Journal

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review about this audiobook!

About the Author

Michael Soussan’s articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Providence Journal, the New York Post, the New Republic,, Commentary magazine, the Telegraph (London), Politique Internationale, and the International Herald Tribune. He teaches international affairs and a special course on the Iraq conflict at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. He lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Maxwell Hamilton is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning narrator.