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

Author(s): Stanley Meisler

Biographies & Memoirs

Praise for "Kofi Annan: A Man of Peace in a World of War": 'Stanley Meisler, an old and steady hand at the U.N., has written a readable, wise, balanced, and most thoughtful biography of Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The focus is on his victories and defeats as secretary-general and on his problems and challenges and how he faced them. Stanley looks at the charges against him as well as his undoubted contributions and calls it as he sees it. This book is essential for anyone who wants to understand Kofi Annan's contribution to the 'house' as well as the genesis and exodus of the attacks against him' - Thomas R. Pickering, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and former undersecretary of state.'Stanley Meisler is a great reporter - this is a wonderfully observed and beautifully written book. It is the definitive portrait of Kofi Annan's calm and dedicated leadership of the United Nations at a time of huge international turmoil' - William Shawcross, author of "Deliver Us from Evil: Peacekeepers, Warlords, and a World of Endless Conflict".'Kofi Annan is one of the world's most compelling figures.


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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.

Acknowledgments.Introduction.1 Ghana and America.2 Through the UN System.3 The Grand Illusion of the First Persian Gulf War.4 In the Footsteps of Ralph Bunche.5 Peacekeeping.6 The Stain of Rwanda.7 Charade over Bosnia.8 Supplanting Boutros-Ghali.9 The New Secretary-General.10 Intervention: Kosovo and East Timor.11 The Nobel Peace Prize.12 Interlude in Vienna and Africa.13 Facing the American Juggernaut.14 Relevance and Melancholia.15 Oil for Food and Kojo.16 The Year of Summing Up.Kofi Annan's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture.Chronology.Sources.Index.

General Fields

  • : 9780470281697
  • : John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • : John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • : May 2008
  • : 235mm X 156mm X 24mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Stanley Meisler
  • : Paperback
  • : 6-Aug
  • : 341.23092
  • : 384
  • : Biography & autobiography: historical, political & military; United Nations & UN agencies
  • : illustrations