Interventions: A Life in War and Peace – Kofi Annan

Interventions - Kofi Annan

Original book title: Interventions: A Life in War and Peace
Author: Kofi Annan
Publisher: Albert Bonniers Förlag, 353
Year of publication: 2012
Format: Hardcover
Language: Swedish

This book is part of my 2016 reading challenge!

This is Kofi Annan’s memoir, focusing on an aspect of his work as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, UN.

It is amazing to read how diplomacy and peacekeeping actually plays out in the field. The book is full of interesting facts and insight of the UN and its politics. It is well written, sometimes a bit difficult to follow because I’m not familiar with all the conflicts in the world.

However, I missed the heart. Annan explains and gives a vivid picture of different interventions he has done over the years, but mostly left out his own feelings and thoughts. It felt more like a report of what happened than a memoir.

He writes a lot about UN’s failure and is openly discussing them, which was both interesting and admirable. However, sometimes it felt like he was trying to justify the failures more than explaining them.

This book is worth reading! It is interesting and it gives you an insight in the UN.