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Answer Them Nothing: Bringing Down the Polygamous Empire of Warren Jeffs
Answer Them Nothing: Bringing Down the Polygamous Empire of Warren Jeffs
Price: 7.35

4.0 out of 5 stars Informative but sarcastic at times, 9 Aug 2013
I've read a lot of books about FLDS and I find this one of the most up to date and informative book that I've encountered for a long time. However its very clear that the author is opposed to the cult (as is her right of course!) and she can be quite scathing and sarcastic at times, I found myself thinking "ok i get the point" more than once. It's a shame really because it is full to the brim with great information and background, it just gets a little juvenile at times so it did lose one star from me. But I do recommend it to anyone who wants an up to date commentary on the state of the church following the arrest of Jeffs.


The Diary of a Political Idiot: Normal Life in Belgrade: Normal Life in a War Zone
The Diary of a Political Idiot: Normal Life in Belgrade: Normal Life in a War Zone
by Jasmina Tesanovic
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.72

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening, 11 May 2006
Having read many books from the era of conflict in the Balkans i came to realise that i had never read a book from the point of view of a Serbian civilian. There are so many books from Croat viewpoints and from Muslim viewpoints also, so to summarise this book i would say for me it is enlightening.

She eloquently explains her own experience of the NATO bombardment on Yugoslavia during the late 1990's - in the form of her own diary. The Serbs suffered not only from the bombings, but from propaganda by their own governments, ostracisation from the rest of Europe and the world, international press painting them in a bad manner etc. But they were victims also, which we often forget or don't believe.

This book is a good reminder of the fact that they suffered too. This is a must read for anyone with interest in the conflicts.


They Would Never Hurt A Fly: War Criminals on Trial in The Hague
They Would Never Hurt A Fly: War Criminals on Trial in The Hague
by Slavenka Drakulic
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.84

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars its not just about who did what, 28 April 2006
Other reviews for this book are picking out the bias viewpoint of the author, yes the majority of the accused in the book are Serbian and none are Muslim.

That never occurred to me reading the book, i wasn't looking at what ethnic group each of the perpetrators were in. What the author does is she looks at the lives of these men and women prior to the war.

The book is an exploration of her own quest for understanding. She is trying to see WHY these people, people that she could relate to and were so similar to her own friends and family, could kill hundreds of innocent civilians. She is trying to understand the psyche of the accused. She is not biased in her actual writing, she only uses ethnicity in her explainations of who people are - she doesn't say anything like "the Serbs were the worst". The book is not about what ethicity did what - its about the individuals and WHY they did what they did.

It is beautifully written, and thought provoking, it makes you think - if i were in that situation would i have behaved the same as the accused? We each hope that we wouldn't, that we could keep our humanity, but this book makes you think would i be able to?


The Tenth Circle Of Hell: A Memoir of Life in the Death Camps of Bosnia
The Tenth Circle Of Hell: A Memoir of Life in the Death Camps of Bosnia
by Rezak Hukanovic
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking, 18 Dec 2005
The author is writing his own experiences in Omarska during the Bosnian conflict, but he writes in third person. He invents a character "Dejmo", but the experiences are his own. His tales of emotional and physical torture are so much more heartbreaking than the descriptions often written about by reporters who witnessed it. This man lived it, and he had the strength to write about it. This book is truely worth a read by anyone, no matter what your interests are. It is short but will leave a lasting impression.


Afghanistan, Where God Only Comes To Weep
Afghanistan, Where God Only Comes To Weep
by Siba Shakib
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.80

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 9 Feb 2004
I wish i had the time to go back and read this again. It is confusing at first, but then you get into the story. It is wonderful account of the life of a typical Afghan female - the book starts with the main character as a child. It shows her struggles as she tries to bring up a family - it really makes you want to do something to help.
An amazing book, well worth the read!


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