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.
February 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=602836
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