The first and only biography in English of one of the world s most widely admired leaders, published to coincide with his retirement from the U.N.
Born in Ghana and educated in North America and Europe, Kofi Annan was elected Secretary-General of the United Nations in 1996, the first Black African to serve in that position and the first to come up through the ranks. Many regard Annan as a secretary-general on par with Dag Hammarskjö ld, his great predecessor of a half-century ago. Written by a distinguished foreign affairs correspondent who has known Annan for many years and interviewed him for this book, Kofi Annan is authoritative but not authorized a book that describes Annan s real achievements but does not soft-pedal his problems.
Stanley Meisler (Washington, DC) was a foreign and diplomatic correspondent for the Los Angeles Times for 30 years and is the author of United Nations: The First Fifty Years (0-87113-656-2).