Kofi Annan: The Peacekeeper

Kofi Annan: The Peacekeeper

by John Tessitore
     
 

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This biography of the UN secretary general covers Kofi Annan's childhood in Ghana, his college days at Macalester College in St. Paul, his rise at the United Nations, and his current challenges. Written by award-winning author John Tessitore, this volume gives shape to the life of the world's highest ranking diplomat and most prominent black political leader.… See more details below

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This biography of the UN secretary general covers Kofi Annan's childhood in Ghana, his college days at Macalester College in St. Paul, his rise at the United Nations, and his current challenges. Written by award-winning author John Tessitore, this volume gives shape to the life of the world's highest ranking diplomat and most prominent black political leader. Tessitore also addresses the formation of a permanent international war crimes tribunal and the UN's controversial financial concerns.

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Children's Literature
In 1938, in the African country of Ghana, a young boy was born who was destined to become a peacekeeper for all nations. Kofi Annan was elected Secretary General of the United Nations in 1998, in the midst of rising conflicts in the Middle East. Many people believed that this African leader was the last hope for peace. Black-and-white photographs and text present this modern international leader to readers. Kids also learn about his formal education and the influence the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s has had on his views. A chronology, index, and list of supplemental resources including Internet sites provide the reader with additional information. 2000, Franklin Watts, and $6.95. Ages 10 to 14. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-After reading this biography, the seventh secretary-general of the United Nations remains a somewhat elusive figure. Tessitore's concluding note apologizes for the scarcity of information regarding Annan's personal life and explains that this results from both a general lack of interest in Annan (until recently) and his refusal to be interviewed. The author presents skeletal facts such as his subject's birthplace, education, marriages, and jobs. The pace picks up a bit once Annan begins his political career as he successfully negotiates tenable situations in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. The book's strength lies in its account of U.N. dealings and its influence on international affairs. Generally, the illustrations are lackluster. One in particular shows three unidentified people crossing a street and the caption reads, "Kofi Annan attended graduate school in Geneva-." This brief biography will not generate much interest in this public figure.-Laura Glaser, Euless Junior High School, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531164587
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Series:
Book Report Biographies Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.29(d)
Lexile:
1190L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 13 Years

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