Interventions: A Life in War and Peace by Kofi Annan with Nader Mousavizadeh - review by Michael Burleigh

Michael Burleigh

The Universal Scapegoat

Interventions: A Life in War and Peace


Allen Lane/The Penguin Press 383pp £25

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. 

After a Methodist education, Annan was identified by the Ford Foundation as a future leader and granted a scholarship to study in Minnesota. Rejecting a job offer from Unilever, Annan joined the World Health Organization in Geneva, and from 1965 worked for a UN agency called the Economic Commission for

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