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  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Nova Biomedical (1 Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560727225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560727224
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 24.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,102,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The world has recently witnessed a massive military action by the United States in the Balkans. This book examines various theories being raised both in the US and other countries about the likely motivations behind this intervention. It also describes the Serbian people within the historical context. It examines in detail concerns in many other countries which are ignored by the power players in Washington and NATO. Finally it probes the question of whether the bombing of one sovereign country by another sets a precedent for future action by the US, or against it, and whether Clinton and Company may have stumbled into a sandbox too large for their staying power and set back foreign policy not only to the Cold War but to a new Frozen War.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RM on 8 May 2004
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The thing about this book is that it has some excellent theories by anti-war authors but also some chapters written by, well, war-mongers, to put it bluntly.
I found some chapters to be repetitive, in the sense that some topics are covered by one author in one chapter, and then by another author in a later chapter (particularly the Battle of Kosovo). I found this to be redundant; it is sufficient to describe something within a single chapter. I also found that a great deal of the book does not talk about the history of Kosovo but instead about Russian-Serbian relations during the 19th century, the Balkan Wars of 1913-14, etc. I think all of these topics should have been reserved for a general historical book on the history of the Serbian people.
The final two or three chapters are the only chapters that go into any greater detail about the 1998-99 Kosovo crisis, and 95% of the time the author(s) of these chapters are simply parroting the distortions of the mass media, politicians and NATO commanders/spokespersons. They have a completely two dimensional view of the conflict i.e. the Serbs were the "bad guys" and the Albanians were the "good guys". Enormous sympathy seems to be reserved for the Albanian civilians but almost no sympathy for the civilians of NATO bombing in Serbia and victims of the KLA.
One of the contributors points out how the Albanians will need to be protected by KFOR against possible Serbian "aggression". As the book was published only a few months after the conflict ended, it clearly demonstrates that this theory is not only erronoeus but outdated, since it has been obvious that almost all non-Albanians were driven from their homes in June 1999 from Kosovo. Not to mention murders by KLA extremists and the destruction of over 100 Orthodox monasteries.
All in all, more cons than pros in this book.
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Excellent presentation of the facts 1 Mar. 2000
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Format: Paperback
Excellent presentation of the facts that were so successfully hidden by the Western media. Outstanding book for any who have not been influenced by Western rhetoric and inclination to hide the facts to their own benefit.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Greek Perspective 13 Dec. 2001
By Yanni - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If was a marvelous book about NATO's unjustifiability in bombing a sovereign nation, Serbia. It paints a good portrait of Kosovar Albanians, and that they aren't peacful prairie dwellers. However, it would be nice to update this book, including the fact that the KLA, and its member are being funded and trained by Osama Bin Ladens networks. This book really covers every aspect of why this was an "unjust war". Every nation in the Balkans went through their nationalistic expansionistic era, unfortunately Albania didn't, and i guess they haven't learned from history either, so now they want a greater ALbania, and America supports this corrupt, undemocratic entity.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
EXCELLENT 25 Mar. 2003
By Peja - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Great book if you are a firm believer in the old saying; "there are two sides to a coin"
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 1 April 2000
By DAVID BATINICH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Frank Columbus has wriiten an excellent account of the war in Kosovo from a neutral standpoint. It appears to show Serb bias in a few parts of the book,but this is only because he knows his history(& the other authors in this book also do). I stongly recommend this book
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Amazing! 23 Dec. 2004
By Tihomir Kruljac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is truly GREAT! The only people who will not like it, are ALBANIANS hidding from their Nazi past (those who are ashamed to say that they are Albanians, but call themselves KOSOVARS or ILYRIANS). This book is most detailed work on Kosovo, its people and its culture with a focus on Western actions and involment in this Serbian province. Serbs, the greates fighters against Fasizm in Balkans, are being ETHNICALLY CLEANSED since II World War by Albanians, who were running this province and who were fighting for Hitler....Author explains in detail history of both nations, Serbian and Albanian and relates it to the present situation. His knowledge is deep and his writting is clear and bursting with little known facts.....If you want to get to know Kosovo, do not miss this book.
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