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5.0 von 5 Sternen A firsthand dissection of a seemingly inevitable conflict.
Mr. Glenny aptly details the collapse and destruction of Yugoslavia as he colors his analysis with important and relevant historical points, giving at least some background and reason for the appallingly fierce ethnic hatreds which have bled white the Balkan Peninsula this decade. The book also does a good job of laying the blame at the feet of the appropriate...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Simply over-rated
This book was among the first of the now almost countless multitude of books written by reporters, commentators, political analysts, etc. on the collapse of the former Yugoslovia. As such, it became a standard text for many people to "find out what's going on over there." It's not that it's a bad book, many sections are quite informative, but as some of the...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Simply over-rated, 25. Februar 2000
This book was among the first of the now almost countless multitude of books written by reporters, commentators, political analysts, etc. on the collapse of the former Yugoslovia. As such, it became a standard text for many people to "find out what's going on over there." It's not that it's a bad book, many sections are quite informative, but as some of the reviews below note, it assumes readers already have some knowledge of the intricacies of Yugoslav politics and a grasp of the local geography. Also, it's hardly an impartial book (which, given the author's first-hand observance of many events, is understandable), so readers looking for objectivity are better served by other sources. I also agree with the reviewer below who recommends the documentary "Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation"; I recommend the companion book of the same title even more (by Laura Silber and Allan Little)--it's the best short survey of events in Yugoslavia from the late 1980s to ca 1995. However, I have to correct a gross error: CNN's Christiane Amanpour did not make the above documentary, rather the BBC did (Amanpour lacks both the knowledge and skill to produce such an excellent piece of documentary reporting). In conclusion, Glenny's book should be read only to get additional background information and more detail on specific wartime events during the early 1990s.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Are there no Outlines? Are there no editors?, 22. Dezember 1999
Maddeningly disjointed and disorienting. I turned to this book as to a celebrated tutor, wanting Glenny to make straight the crooked paths of Yugoslavian history. Instead, I jogged along mountain roads to which only Glenny had the map, hearing "snatches of dispatches." Clearly, Glenny possesses a wealth of knowledge about his subject -- but so does the graduate assistant in physics who offers to "clear up a few things," then fills the chalkboard with gibberish, leaving you more confused than when the class began. Shame on the editors of this book for failing to package it in a readable form. What could have genuinely been the answer to thousands of readers' concern about this subject remains a hopeless muddle, a stream-of-consciousness hodgepodge. (For instant relief, turn to Christiane Amanpour's masterful video documentary, Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation.)
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Poorly written and not up-to-date., 18. August 1999
Von Ein Kunde
I have read some very good books on the Balkan region. This is one of the most poorly written books on any subject. It purports to be a personal account of travels through Yugoslavia before and during its fall. But, there are way too many detailed references to minor political figures and small towns to keep track of. Nor do they seem to be mentioned for any particular reason. The book lacks focus and purpose. It is also now hopelessly out-of-date, despite revisions. One of the author's predictions is that the Serbs will never make Kosovo an issue for miltary control--granted he said this over 5 years ago. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A firsthand dissection of a seemingly inevitable conflict., 1. Juli 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Mr. Glenny aptly details the collapse and destruction of Yugoslavia as he colors his analysis with important and relevant historical points, giving at least some background and reason for the appallingly fierce ethnic hatreds which have bled white the Balkan Peninsula this decade. The book also does a good job of laying the blame at the feet of the appropriate players, particularly Slobodan Milosevic, the opportunist Serb leader who came to power through the old communist apparatus, stayed in power by exploiting democratic loopholes, sacrificed even his own countrymen to further his own Stalinist tendencies, and cynically used Serb minorities in the Krajina region of Croatia and elsewhere to do both his dirty work and absorb blame and bullets. The book also lays blame at the feet of the ultra-nationalist Croatian leader Franjo Tudjman, who arrogantly dismissed from Zaghreb the fears of the Serb populace of the Krajina as hapless peasants, and later led a brutal crackdown on Croatian Serbs in 1995. The Serbs' paranoia of seemingly everything, both real and imagined (particuarly Croatian nationalism and "fascism") is also discussed, as are the various Serbian opposition movements which nearly sent Milosevic packing out of Belgrade in 1991. Mr. Glenny clearly points out that there are no "good guys," that no one group is anywhere near being lilly-white. The sometimes obtuse, pompous or evil actions of politicians and the reactionary, deadly tendencies of easily-excitable ethnic groups are but the tip of the iceberg of the extraordinary web of butchery that has destroyed the Yugoslav state and sent the Balkans once again spiraling into a holocasut of blooshed and reprisal that continues to this day in the "backwater" of Kosovo, ominously referred to as a matter on the regional backburner amidst the conflict of 1991-1995. An excellent, sobering read.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An Exellent Travel Guide to the Threshold of War, 4. Oktober 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Glenny's book is a detailed guide to the places and people in dynamic conflict at the beginning of the "Third Balkan War". From Milan Babic and his hate-crazed Serb followers in the Krajina, to the March 1991 opposition rally in the streets of Belgrade, to the appalling destruction of Vukovar and Mostar, Glenny focuses on the personalities of the leaders and the people who trapped themselves in a cynical and inevitable march towards self-destruction. Greedy, corrupt leaders vaulted to the fore by tapping into a subconscious vein of popular nationalism. They were followed over the edge by unthinking adherents characterized by a uniquely Balkan combination of ruthlessness, self-righteousness, and utter inhumanity. It is good to ride with Glenny as he travels through a country in the process of explosive suicide if only to remind ourselves that even in Europe civilization is but a thin facade masking deep hatreds and combustive violence.
Glenny's central thesis, that Serb hegemony over Croats in a united Yugoslavia and Croat hegemony over Serbs in an independent Croatia will always lead to tensions is incontrovertible. His corollary, that wicked self-serving leaders are able to exploit these tensions and turn them to violence in the absence of a reasoned political debate and vigorous interest by the international communtiy, is an indictment of the Slavs' chronic inability to compromise.
Could Yugoslavia have split up peacefully? Probably, but not after popular elections gave power to leaders such as Tudjman and Milosevic. It is a fantastical jump to posit that Yugoslavs could have engaged in a peaceful separation on the Czech/Slovak model, because the first criterion for such a process is enlightened leadership in Zagreb and Belgrade. This does not exist. There was nothing inevitable about the Third Balkan War, we all saw it coming like a train wreck and it happened all the same. Glenny's first-hand account written in an engaging prose that combines journalism and historical analysis is an excellent guide to these tragic events.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Detailed, pithy, first-hand narrative for Balkan aficionados, 27. Oktober 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Having worked in Bosnia in the late '80s, this book has particular relevance for me. I know the place names, the people, the locations and the language. Those 4 characteristics seem essential for gleaning a lot from this book, since the events it describes, as Mr Glenny readily admits, were felt to be so confusing for "Western" television audiences that some events were at times misrepresented altogether.
Irrespective of that requirement for basic (historical) knowledge about the conflict, I believe that this is a superlative example not solely of journalism on the go, but of weaving together the actions of the various actors - people, governments, movements, acronyms - into a coherent frame. To say that "sanctions should not be imposed on either Serbia or Croatia" undermines much of the political rhetoric spewed out by Western nations, explicitly recognising the futility of NATO or anyone else do to ANYthing about the multitude of conflcits that took place simultaneously: we can't do anything about it, so lets impose some sanctions.
This is not a book for the novice, however, since novices cannot be expected to understand the wealth of detail at any more than the most superficial level. Unfortunately, such is the nature of popular journalism, TV viewers will never be anything but novices - shocked by images for a few seconds, but not really understanding WHY anything happens. Unfortunately, it seems that politicians didn't understand why either, and many of the problems resulted from inappropriate actions taken in consequence.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Highly involving and impartial, 29. Dezember 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Misha Glenny is an expert on the wars in ex-Jugoslavia. An Englishman, and a speaker of Serbo-croat, Glenny takes his reader through the mess that was the Yugoslav civil war, with eyewitness accounts that display both humanity and at other times extreme brutality. One thing in particular I must commend Glenny on is his refusal to classify the Serbs as the only bad guys, or the only instigators of the war (as much Western media has done). He places blame on various players: Milosevic, Serb paramilitaries, Bosnian politicians, Franjo Tudman and his nationalitic cronies, Germany, etc... This book invokes great sympathy in its readers for all the victims of the war:Muslims, Yugoslavs, Serbs, and Croats. He usually carefully distinguishes between the Serb-dominated Yugoslav Army and the nationalistic Serb new-Chetnik gangs who were the primary brutes involved in civilian atrocities; an important distinction. However, if you do not already have a general knowledge of the region's history, this book may at times be a bit confusing. Although many of his statements on Kosovo are innacurate, I don't find that to be highly relevant to the overall book. Highly recommended!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen You better hope you know alot about Yugoslavia..., 17. August 1999
Von Ein Kunde
The author makes the asumption that the reader already possesses an in-depth knowledge of Yugoslavia. This is not for the average nor intermediate reader. This book is recommended only to those who already know about the Fall of Yugoslavia.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen THE authoritative work on the wars in the former Yugoslavia, 24. Februar 2000
Glenny's book is THE authoritative work on the civil war in the former Yugoslavia. Having read the book over 5 years ago, I still see some of the things he described in the book as a valuable prediction of the events that are currently taking place in the Balkans. It was Glenny who, writing about Centrex in 1995, anticipated the deep divide in the Republika Srpska leadership that would take place in 1997 (and continue until today) over war profiteering. It was Glenny who, writing about his visit to Kosovo in the early '90s, correctly anticipated the horrific showdown of international proportions that would occur there in the late '90s. And it was Glenny who, writing about FYROM, probably has predicted the next Balkan flashpoint. This book is a definite MUST READ for any person seeking to understand the intricate historical animosities that pervade the Balkans and continue, to date, to influence the lives of the people of Central and Southeastern Europe.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very well balanced, crystal-clear analysis of the crisis, 11. Oktober 1997
Von Ein Kunde
With a style that reminds of P. Theroux, Misha Glenny brings the reader along as a privileged witness through a dramatic build-up that leads to world where nothing is what it seems, where deceipt, fear, incompetence and cynism mixed together explode in a fratricidal outburst of violence. Mr. Glenny meets the players, analyses the deeper, historical roots of the situation, makes you really understand that this is not an "Hollywood" kind of situation.Don't we all share the tendency to try to simplify conflicts to a mere "good guy-bad guy" equation so we are able to understand it ? The greatness of this book is that it shows that every side shares responsability in this tragedy, including ourselves, the international community. From a historic, social, politic and humane point of view, this book is a winner. Misha Glenny understands (ex-)Yougoslavia.
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