Kofi Annan : A Man of Peace in a World of War, by Meisler, Stanley
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- ISBN: 9780471787440 | 0471787442
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 12/22/2006
To be published to coincide with the end of Kofi Annan's tenure at the United Nations, this will be the first definitive biography, beginning with his boyhood in Ghana and charting his rise to world statesman as head of the U.N. The book traces his life from Ghana to a university education in Minnesota, to decades of anonymity as an international civil servant, to his sudden notoriety in the 1990s as chief of U.N. peacekeeping and then secretary-general. Although the author is an admirer of Annan, this is not an authorized biography and does not soft pedal the difficult issues like Annan's son's involvement in the oil-for-food scandal or Annan's role in the U.N.'s catastrophic failures to engage meaningfully in Rwanda, Bosnia, and East Timor, or his defiance of the United States decision to go to war in Iraq.