A Life in War and Peace

Book - 2012
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A former secretary-general of the United Nations shares his perspectives on the terrorist attacks of September 11; the American invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan; the humanitarian tragedies of Somalia, Rwanda, and Bosnia; and the geopolitical transformations following the Cold War.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781594204203
Branch Call Number: 92 An72i 2012
Characteristics: xiv, 383 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Mousavizadeh, Nader


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Nov 16, 2016

A candid, honest, and meditative reflection on Kofi Annan's term as secretary general of the UN, as well as an analysis of the basic purpose and future of the United Nations through the perspective of a rapidly changing world. I especially enjoyed how the author stresses the importance of the United Nations turning away from the sovereignty of countries, member states, and political positions, and focuses rather on the individual and their rights and safety. The phrase "responsibility to protect" is used more than once. Also personally enlightening were the chapters about the US involvement in the Iraq war post 9/11, and the development and reception of the millennium development goals. A long and powerful read, this book introduced me to many different situations occurring around the planet, and the complexities involved in addressing them.

ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2013

February 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter


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