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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars highly readable, gut-churning journey.
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...
Published on 8 Feb 1998

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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. I am glad I chose Rohde's book--now I follow the Kosovo developments with more awareness of the players and potential. The jagged storylines were difficult for me to follow, but I stuck with it, and am glad I did.
Published on 3 Jun 1999


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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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This review is from: Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Srebrenica: An Event Every American Should Read About, 22 Feb 1999
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This review is from: Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica (Hardcover)
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
4.0 out of 5 stars A very important contribution to the study of genocide., 4 Aug 1999
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Srebrenica: Real-Politik in action, 9 Dec 1998
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This review is from: Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica (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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This review is from: Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica (Hardcover)
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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This review is from: Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica (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, 7 Jun 2013
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this will make you cry, 8 April 2013
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 Rohde relies on interviews with participants in and survivors of the massacres, as well as the Dutch UN peacekeepers who watched much of the atrocity unfold while being powerless to stop it. Rohde devotes a chapter to the events of each day from Thursday July 6 to Sunday July 16, in other words from the immediate lead-up to the town's fall and the subsequent days of slaughter. There is also a chapter covering the aftermath of the killings and an epilogue in which the author examines (but finds no evidence for) some of the conspiracy theories regarding the fall of Srebrenica ― theories provided fertile ground by inexplicable events like the Bosnian Army's removal of Srebrenica's military commander, Naser Orić, in the weeks before the town's fall. And, as Rohde describes so very well, the total impotence and incompetence of the UN forces (right up to the high command) comes across as so ridiculous it's no wonder some conspiracy theorists believe the UN actually wanted or even planned Srebrenica's fall.

One of the participants Rohde interviews in Endgame is a Bosnian Croat soldier named Drazen Erdemović, a young man who fought at various times on all three sides in the Yugoslav wars. Erdemovic eventually ended up on the Serb side in time to take part in the mass slaughter of Srebrenica's Muslims. After the war, a deeply traumatized Erdemovic voluntarily turned himself in to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia you can also read his full testimony in the ICTY online archives. It makes for heartbreaking reading but of course, so too do the testimonies of survivors like Mevludin Orić, who after the murderers' bullets missed him spent hours lying among the corpses of family members and friends before he was finally able to escape.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death Timeline, 1 April 2008
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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 what was missing to ilustrate what have happened there on those three dark days when the devil himself was present in those fields of death.
A masterpiece, very well doccumented, following, step by step, the death's timeline in Srebrenica. An essential reading to anyone who wishes to understand what have happened in those days of July, 1995, tough, one must understand this is only an episode on a war started centuries ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Betrayal of Belief, 3 April 2006
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 failures and this book explains many things not available before to the general public. It shocks, it opens wounds thought closed and will open many peoples' eyes to events that have been largely forgotten or ignored since the days in 1995.
Some of the things described will sear you to the bone and bring disbelief to many. Believe it and also understand that there are many more abhorrent details merely hinted at.
A book like this should be required reading for students of the subject and many otheres besides. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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