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Kofi Annan: A Man of Peace in a World of War Hardcover – December 1, 2006

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471787442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471787440
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #798,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Annan rose from humble beginnings as a schoolboy in Ghana to world statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner. He ran afoul of the Bush administration with his resistance to the war in Iraq, and his image has been tarnished by allegations of corruption by his son. Meisler, author of United Nations: The First Fifty Years (1995), chronicles the changing fortunes of the UN as he recounts Annan's rise in the organization and the inside politics that led him to the secretary-general post. Annan, who began his career with the UN in 1962, working his way up through mundane jobs in personnel and budgeting, had his first assignment as a peacekeeper in Egypt in 1972. Annan was involved in some of the greatest achievements and failures of the UN in the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe. Readers interested in international affairs will appreciate this absorbing account of the rise of one man and the changing image and influence of the UN, particularly as its impact on world affairs broadens. Vanessa Bush
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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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Stanley Meisler is the author of the biography Kofi Annan: A Man of Peace in a World of War, the history United Nations: A History (a revised and expanded edition of his earlier United Nations : The First Fifty Years) and the history When The World Calls: The Inside Story Of The Peace Corps And Its First Fifty Years. Meisler served as a Los Angeles Times foreign and diplomatic correspondent for thirty years, assigned to Nairobi, Mexico City, Madrid, Toronto, Paris, Barcelona, the United Nations and Washington. He still contributes articles to the Los Angeles Times Book Review, Sunday Opinion and Art sections and writes a News Commentary for his website, www.stanleymeisler.com.

For many years, Meisler has contributed articles to leading American magazines including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Atlantic, The Nation, the Reader's Digest, the Quarterly Journal of Military History, and the Columbia Journalism Review. While most of these articles focus on foreign affairs and political issues, he also has contributed more than thirty articles on artists and art history to the Smithsonian Magazine.

From time to time, he has contributed chapters to various anthologies and textbooks. These include "The Massacre in El Mozote" in Thinking Clearly: Cases in Journalistic Decision-Making (Columbia University Press, 2003), edited by Tom Rosenstiel and Amy S. Mitchell.

Meisler has twice won the Korn-Ferry Award for Excellence in United Nations Reporting and is a recipient of the Ford Foundation Area Training Fellowship in African Studies. He conducted classes in international reporting at the Columbia University School of Journalism in 2003 and 2004.

He began his journalism career in 1953 as a reporter for The Middletown Ohio Journal and went on to work as a reporter with the Associated Press from 1954 to 1964. He was deputy director of the Office of Evaluation and Research of the U.S. Peace Corps in Washington before joining the Los Angeles Times in 1967.

Meisler received a B.A. in English Literature from the City College of New York in 1952 and undertook graduate studies in both English Literature and African Studies at the University of California in Berkeley.

Stanley Meisler is married to Elizabeth Fox, development communication expert and editor of the book Latin Politics, Global Media.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Graham Cooke on June 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The United Nations is becalmed. Kofi Annan, the courtly, quietly-spoken Ghanaian, a fixture on our television screens for a decade, has gone; his successor as secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, has yet to stamp his personality on the world body.

In the hiatus Stanley Meisler, journalist, author, UN insider, has led the inevitable rush to publish a summation of the Annan years. He is well qualified to do so.

The dustcover of this book is a pointer to the treatment Meisler gives his subject in a biography which Annan did not authorise, but did not try to block. The former secretary general is pictured half in shadow, looking worried, almost shifty in his dark, pin-striped business suit.

It is not the image we are used to, yet in many ways appropriate, because this was a secretary generalship of sunshine and shadow - the Nobel Peace Prize and the oil-for-food scandal; East Timorese independence and always and inevitably, the Iraq conflict.

It was a time of steadily worsening relations between the UN and the United States, although the antagonism began well before Annan took office and continued despite his best efforts to find a middle way. His relations with the Clinton White House, always testy after the bombing of Serbia during the Kosovo crisis, plunged to new depths when the neo-conservative-dominated Bush Administration took office in 2001.

He was powerless to influence a presidency determined to avenge the death and destruction of 9/11. The fact he even tried earned condemnation and while President George W. Bush may have talked about the "unique legitimacy" of the United Nations, in the minds of those at the White House the uniqueness and the legitimacy existed only when it was bestowed on the US to do what it wanted to do.
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By Amazon Customer on February 6, 2014
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It assisted in compiling the missing data I needed to complete my biographical research paper and to understand the man known as Mr. Kofi Annan.
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An exciting book I guess written by a great man in our generation. Yet to be read. I look forward to having it in my library.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Michael on January 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I liked this book very much because it covers the entire life of a remarkable man, who I admire so much. I am thankful to Meisler for this in-depth, objective and complete account of so many little-known facts and events from the life of Kofi Annan that I am sure will urge you to read it cover to cover. There is a lot you can and will learn from this book and that's why I highly recommend it.
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