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Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica, Europe's Worst Massacre Since World War II [Paperback]

David Rohde
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29 May 2012
In 1993, the UN Security Council made Srebrenica the worlds first UN-protected civilian safe area, only to see the town fall two years later after UN commanders turned down repeated requests for NATO air strikes to halt attacking Bosnian Serbs. As many as 7,000 Muslim men perished in mass executions after the battle.In Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica, Europes Worst Massacre Since World War II, Pulitzer Prizewinning author David Rohde exposes how the United States, France, Great Britain, the United Nations and the Bosnian government allowed 40,000 Muslims to fall into the hands of their potential executioners.Drawing on previously undisclosed accounts of top-level UN meetings, internal documents, and hundreds of interviews with participants on all sides, Endgame is a tale of cynical power politics in the postCold War era, a case study in genocide, and a disturbing testament to the power of propaganda and self-delusion. A new afterword by the author updates recent efforts to find the missing victims of Srebrenica and to apprehend and prosecute the executioners. }In 1993, the UN Security Council officially made Srebrenica the worlds first UN-protected civilian safe area and stripped the towns Muslim defenders of their tanks and artillery. Two years later, Srebrenica fell after UN commanders turned down repeated requests for NATO air strikes to halt attacking Bosnian Serbs. As many as 7,000 Muslim men perished in mass executions or ambushes along a harrowing forty-mile flight one survivor called The Marathon of Death.In Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica, Europes Worst Massacre Since World War II, Pulitzer Prizewinning author David Rohde follows the experiences of seven central charactersthree Muslims in Srebrenica, two Dutch peacekeepers charged with defending the surrounded town, and two Serb Army soldiers attacking itthrough the ten-day period that changed the course of the war in Bosnia and was arguably the darkest hour in United Nations history. Rohde exposes how the United States, France, Great Britain, the United Nations and the Bosnian governmentout of incompetence or cynicismallowed 40,000 Muslims to fall into the hands of their potential executioners. Part of an apparent Serb endgame to win the war, Srebrenicas fall ended up playing a crucial role in the Clinton administrations endgame strategy that halted the conflict. A new afterword by the author updates recent efforts to find the missing victims of Srebrenica and to apprehend and prosecute the executioners.The most comprehensive book to date on the subject, Endgame is a tale of cynical power politics in the postCold War era, a case study in genocide, and a disturbing testament to the power of propaganda and self-delusion. }
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  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (29 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014312031X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143120315
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Returning to the subject that has already earned him a Pulitzer Prize, journalist Rohde brings keen analysis and powerful convictions to the story of Srebrenica's fall. For almost two years, Rohde has been intimately involved in trying to uncover the truth about Srebrenica's missing Muslims, many of whom (at least 5,000 men and boys) are believed to have perished in mass executions conducted by Bosnian Serbs. After locating mass graves and credible survivors, the journalist was briefly taken prisoner by Bosnian Serbs. Endgame offers a day-to-day account of events leading up to the enclave's fall on July 16, 1995. Rohde manages his material with the hand of a novelist, describing settings and atmosphere, developing characters, highlighting the horror of events. Among the various individuals we meet are Muslim civilians (men and women), two Dutch UN peacekeepers, a Bosnian Serb policeman, and a number of soldiers. Readers feel the acute humiliation and frustration of Dutch peacekeepers who are ordered to surrender to advancing Bosnian Serbs, the arrogance of Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic, and the fury and callousness of the executioners. Rohde carefully lays out his analysis and conclusions about the two central mysteries of Srebrenica's capture. First he raises the question of the massacre itself. Convinced that it happened, Rohde specifies the nature of its significance: the largest massacre in Europe since WW II, "the intensity of its bloodletting," and "the international community's role in the tragedy." Finally, Rohde gives a useful account of the many explanations of why Srebrenica fell, including the varied conspiracy theories about secret deals involving every conceivable party, from the authorities in Sarajevo to the Bosnian Serbs to UN officials. While the evidence is not conclusive, the atmosphere of connivance (and Western inaction) comes through clearly. A passionate account, and an important addition to the growing library of books about the Bosnian catastrophe. (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars highly readable, gut-churning journey. 8 Feb 1998
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Format:Hardcover
Arriving in Tuzla long after the war, my first non-media exposure to the horror stories of Srebrenica was through refugees there that still remain unsettled. Rohde's book documents much of what I heard from them, but only includes enough of the horror to paint the picture for us. He could have been far more heavy handed, but thankfully spared us. Many of these stories have circulated among the refugees for sometime, making confirmation difficult, but the author has done his best. His account of the actual fall of the town, and the flight of it's people is a highly readable, gut-churning journey for anyone interested in the subject. He has failed, however, in his analysis to provide a plausable explanation of what was going on in the ABiH at the time, or a convincing reason for Nasir Oric's absence. The epilogue falls short; as of this writing, Oric, with his shadowy connections, tailored suits and body guards wields influence in Tuzla, while the Srebrenica refugees continue to be exploited for economic and political gain. There is still a lot of digging to be done, and a continuing story unfolding. Let's hope Mr. Rohde will do a follow-up on his subject.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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As a U.S. Army soldier with Operation Joint Guard in Bosnia-Herzegovina from March-October, 1997, my unit was responsible for patrolling the nearby town of Bratunac. We passed the deserted compound that had once been the UN Dutch basecamp and occasionally went into the town of Srebrenica itself. I never understood why we, as international peace-enforcers, were met with such distrust by its inhabitants. Why did it always seem that a dark cloud hung over the area? We had heard about what had happened there during the war, but not the details. These questions remained in the back of my mind until I read Rohde's masterpiece months after I rotated home to the United States.
Many people in this country do not understand what happened in the Balkans from 1991-95, nor do they understand why our soldiers are stationed there today. Read this book and come to know why.
You don't have to be a soldier to see the horror of what occurred in Srebrenica; you just have to be able to feel. The first-hand accounts of the atrocities committed are riveting and revolting. When you are finished, you will understand what it means to be in a fight with both hands tied behind your back. I have been to the sites where some of the Bosnians of Srebrenica were unceremoniously dumped after being brutally killed. I couldn't, at the time, see how it had been allowed to happen. Now I feel that I know the truth.
Rohde's work is a must-read for anyone studying the events of the Balkan Civil War and is absolute dynamite in the hands of anybody who would dispute that the events in Srebrenica occurred.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This book by david rohde was excellent because of the behind the scenes reporting of massacres through the use of oral histories of the residents in srebrenica. they were compelling and quite shocking to read! Excellent historic overview of the diplomacy taking place involving the U.N. peacekeepers and the United states lack of resolve to prevent this needless genocide. A scathing indictment of the United Nations lack of real authority to prevent this genocide and also an exceleent piece of reporting on the Clinton Administration failure in foreign policy to negotiate an end to the war in Yugoslavia in 1994. this book should be read by every student in the field of foreign affairs!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Srebrenica: Real-Politik in action 9 Dec 1998
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Format:Hardcover
People would inevitably agree with Rohde: the massacre in Srebrenica could have been prevented. While Sarajevo was the focus of attention of politicians and the media, a catastrophe was taking place in the then mostly muslim town (now in Serbian hands). Rohde sheds light into the very center of Real-Politik (or hipocresy) making evident the failure of the United Nations and Western policy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good research/well-written 18 Feb 1998
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The book The Endgame is a well-written piece of investigative literature that has obviously been carefully developed and researched. A piece of work that is this in-depth can never be 100% accurate, but Mr. Rohde has been able to capture the beliefs, attitudes and forces behind the terrible civil war in Bosnia. I have done years of scholarly research on this subject and know that the horrific acts discussed in this book are to the most extent true and often typical of what occurred in Bosnia. Mr. Rohde presents the reader with evidence that is not only based on victim accounts but also on the statements and facts from largely independent sources. Mr. Rohde does more than a capable job of presenting the evidence to the reader and allowing the reader to form his/her own judgements. And he has been able to do this in a situation that is very emotional and contentious. On a personal note, I know of Muslims that have lost innocent family members and have recounted those stories to me. Unfortunately, these accounts are not just a part of a propaganda machine but are real losses to real people.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful record of this murderous tragedy. 18 Jun 1999
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Format:Hardcover
Rohde's Endgame is one of the most lasting books I've ever read, both visually and emotionally. You can see the effort it took to recount the entire episode as it moves forward in real time, jumping to a number of characters and slowly revealing their experiences and fates. You absorb it as you would a movie. You see all sides of the Srebrenica disaster, from the Bosnians in the town and aggressive Serbs moving closer to the helpless Dutch peacekeepers and the Muslim men fleeing for their lives. I had watched the events in the Balkans unfold, but was a little too young to fully grasp what was going on. This book definitely put it in perspective with detail. Its real value, though, could be its ability to fortell what has just happened in Kosovo. In Endgame, you get a picture of Milosevic as a man possessed to purge the Balkans of all remnants of the Muslims. Even though he is not a major character, his influence is clear. Reading this book made Milosevic's actions in Kosovo seem all the more predictable, and the deaths of so many Albanian Kosovars so much more disturbing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving
Went to Croatia with friends and heard about the Massacre and wanted to know more. Have sent a copy to one of the friends who went with me.
Published 10 months ago by P. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars this will make you cry
Warning: I cried reading this book. In this incredibly thorough and detailed examination of the massacres that followed the fall of Srebrenica, Pulitzer-prize winning author David... Read more
Published 12 months ago by K. Maric
1.0 out of 5 stars Farce
This book is a farce, or at least the author is. This guy won a pulizer prize for reporting on the troubles in the Baulkans war, yet what he reported he couldnt back up, he never... Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2010 by Caroline Ovens
5.0 out of 5 stars Death Timeline
After beeing in one of the many grave digging sites around Sebrenica, seeing the way those bodies were placed together and felting the grave's characteristic smell, Rohde's book is... Read more
Published on 1 April 2008 by Miguel Duarte Laranjeira
5.0 out of 5 stars Betrayal of Belief
To students of this dark chapter in history I recommend you read this book now. Those like me who were there during the fall of the enclaves cannot help but feel guilt for the... Read more
Published on 3 April 2006 by Mick Trezise
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a question!
I believe Mr. Rohde's conclusions. This is one of a few "must reads" by books over the Balkans. Read more
Published on 15 Jun 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Important and moving
At the start of his book Mr. Rhode tells that Srebrenica turned out not to be the simple story of good and evil he anticipated. TTthis was not the impression I received. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Primer for Kosovo Conflict
Astounded by how little I understand about Balkan conflicts, I chose this book to glimpse into the region. Read more
Published on 3 Jun 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Mr Rohde narrates a compelling story woven around facts that many in the US and Western Europe still try to hide. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 1999
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