Kofi Annan: A Man of Peace in a World of War

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Rarely does a prominent world figure cooperate with a biographer who offers no say over the book's contents, no prepublication examination of the manuscript, and no guarantee that the final product will present its subject in a positive light. In Kofi Annan, former Los Angeles Times foreign and diplomatic correspondent Stanley Meisler traces Annan's unconventional rise from optimistic student to striving personnel and budget specialist in the United Nations bureaucracy to ...

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Overview

Rarely does a prominent world figure cooperate with a biographer who offers no say over the book's contents, no prepublication examination of the manuscript, and no guarantee that the final product will present its subject in a positive light. In Kofi Annan, former Los Angeles Times foreign and diplomatic correspondent Stanley Meisler traces Annan's unconventional rise from optimistic student to striving personnel and budget specialist in the United Nations bureaucracy to full-time manager of the world's crises.

Kofi Annan presents a unique portrait of this widely admired leader-with his own view of events tempered and augmented by those of his allies and opponents, defenders and detractors. It is a must-read for anyone interested in diplomacy, international affairs, war and peace, and the daunting task of saving the world from the ravages of war.

About the Author:
Stanley Meisler is the author of United Nations: The First Fifty Years, the only authoritative history of the U.N.

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* "Meisler has done an admirable job in portraying a complex and shrewd man…a fascinating read". (Books Quarterly, March 2007)

"Meisler is a distinguished foreign affairs correspondent who has know Annan for many years and interviewed him for this book." (Diplomat, March 2007)

"…comprehensive and well-written...anyone genuinely interested in the affairs of this all-important world body, ultimate guarantor of peace and stability, should read it." (The Irish Times Weekend Supplement, Saturday 21st April 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471787440
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 12/22/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 0.88 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley Meisler is the author of United Nations: The First Fifty Years, the only authoritative history of the U.N. He has known Kofi Annan for many years, having covered him during most of Annan's career as a public figure. For twenty years, Meisler covered much of the world for the Los Angeles Times, returning to the United States to cover the U.N. in New York and the State Department in Washington. Meisler still contributes articles to the paper's Book Review, Sunday Opinion, and Art sections. He has also contributed to Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, Reader's Digest, and other publications.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Ghana and America     7
Through the UN System     23
The Grand Illusion of the First Persian Gulf War     41
In the Footsteps of Ralph Bunche     55
Peacekeeping     67
The Stain of Rwanda     83
Charade over Bosnia     105
Supplanting Boutros-Ghali     125
The New Secretary-General     145
Intervention: Kosovo and East Timor     169
The Nobel Peace Prize     199
Interlude in Vienna and Africa     217
Facing the American Juggernaut     233
Relevance and Melancholia     253
Oil for Food and Kojo     279
The Year of Summing Up     303
Kofi Annan's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture     321
Chronology     329
Sources     345
Index     361
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