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This biography of Koffi Annan was published in 2007. Annan, the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations, peacefully past on to eternal glory on 18 August 2018. He lived a successful life, rising from a schoolboy in Ghana to world statesman and Nobel prize winner. He headed the UN at a tumultuous time, but rises to the occasion and triumphed. Stanley Meisler, who also authored the “United Nations: The First Fifty Years” has known Annan for many years as a journalist (of the Los Angeles Times...
Meisler traces Annan's rise to power on the international stage and his impact on the image and influence of the United Nations. Annan was the first Secretary-General to rise up from within the ranks of the UN, and his experience gave him unique insights into how the UN functions. Meisler does not make Annan a saint. His weaknesses are discussed along with his strengths, but it is impossible not to be impressed by this gentle, honest man. I was especially impressed by Annan's integrity, even whe...
Solid book, not giving the expected insight into Kofi Annan but more of a detailed description on the UNs challenges during the years of Annan as SG. Which is however still Interesting.Could have been a bit more balanced in opinions. Skewed towards positivism on KA and the UN.
Loved this book. It gives us Kofi Annan, warts and all.A great introduction to how the UN works and its role in the world. How helpless UN is when it is not backed up by superpower US. About the bullying tactics of US and its self interests. Gave me a better perspective on the major wars fought in the last few decades. And how ignorant I am of what is happening right now. Need to find out where I can get an unbiased report on world events. All the TV channels that I watch occasionally seems infl...
From conflict prevention to human rights, Kofi Annan "has sought to place human beings at the centre of everything" done at/by United Nations. He will indeed be remembered favourably for his work to secure lasting improvement for many people, even though it was overshadowed by the war in Iraq during his term.
Some interesting insights and a handful of details into the life of a great humanitarian. Meisler certainly has room for improvement with regards to sentence structures, repitition of ideas and creating more vivid images. In contrast, Samantha Power's Chasing the Flame does far more justice to the work of UN leaders.
This si the book that lept out at me, whilst perusing the library - it lept to my attention as said 'read me' ( like so many of my books do). In response to a particular question I was asking myself about world peace. --- 'Seek and ye shall find'
Still too early to give a full review, but I lent my copy to a friend before I got to it and she liked it, so there.
amazing book...i loved the details
After reading this book, Kofi Annan became the person that I want to be. He has become one of the most influential people in my life.
love this guy