Michael Burleigh

The Universal Scapegoat

Interventions: A Life in War and Peace

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The seventh permanent Secretary-General of the UN was born in Britain’s Gold Coast colony in 1938. His grandfathers on both sides were tribal chiefs. Annan’s father was a successful Unilever executive, conservative and gradualist who was sceptical of the radical haste of Kwame Nkrumah in achieving Ghanaian independence. 

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