Shashi Tharoor was the official candidate of India for the succession to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2006, and came in a close second out of seven contenders in the race. He currently serves as the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.
He has written nine books, as well as hundreds of articles, op-eds and book reviews in a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribune, Time, Newsweek and The Times of India. He has served for two years as a Contributing Editor and occasional columnist for Newsweek International.
His nonfiction books incl