Legitimacy of Power: The Permanence of Five in the Security Council by Dilip Sinha | Non-fiction | Book Review

Title: Legitimacy of Power: The Permanence of Five in the Security Council

Author: Dilip Sinha

Publication date: 1 Jan 2019

Genre: Non-fiction

Source: Review Copy

My rating: 4/5

Non-fiction is not my cup of tea but I find this book very helpful because as an aspirant of civil service exams the topics this book has covered is a part of my syllabus hence reading this book is like gaining the more in-depth knowledge. The book describes in details about the birth of UNSC, how it works, it’s numerous successful peacekeeping operations and also the failed efforts of UNSC.

After the failure of the League of Nation, the UN Security Council came into existence in order to maintain world peace. The Security Council has five permanent members Russia, France, UK, US and China who are the victors of the Second World War. These five permanent members have the right to veto which allows them to block any resolution. There is a lot of new information I have learned especially wars that have escaped the Security Council which was discussed briefly in chapter 15.

The legitimacy of Power is indeed an informative read which is suitable for academic purpose and would be very helpful to those who are preparing for competitive exams as it gives a detailed study in the structure of UN Security Council, and the internal struggle of the permanent five. The author’s deep knowledge and thorough research are evident in this book. As I’m already familiar with the subject I find it interesting to learn more about it but I doubt anyone without basic knowledge of these topics would find it interesting.

*A review copy of this book was given to me in exchange of an honest opinion.*