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5.0 out of 5 stars The untold story of Bosnia
Well written and very inciteful. The more you read the angrier you will become. Human life counted for nothing they all (except NGOs) cared about the images they wish to show the world. My teacher at school once said 'some people are like graves beautiful marble on the outside but rotting and smelly inside'. This was the picture being shown to the world. A must read if...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well-researched, Well-written
This book defininitely opened my eyes to the "Slaughterhouse" of the Balkans. The book was definitely well-researched and well-written, but it definitely dragged on at times. Rieff seemed to be repeating himself throughout the whole book, but his points were obviously well-taken. It also described various detailed, graphic accounts of some of the...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The untold story of Bosnia, 15 Dec 2011
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This review is from: Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West (Paperback)
Well written and very inciteful. The more you read the angrier you will become. Human life counted for nothing they all (except NGOs) cared about the images they wish to show the world. My teacher at school once said 'some people are like graves beautiful marble on the outside but rotting and smelly inside'. This was the picture being shown to the world. A must read if you want to know what happened to those thousands of lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An angry polemic which exposes all of our shame over Bosnia, 25 Jun 1999
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This review is from: Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West (Paperback)
This is a justifiably angry book, which confronts all of us in Europe with the ultimate shame: we stood aside whilst fellow Europeans were slaughtered as part of an ethnically driven programme of genocide - and we did NOTHING to stop it. Read it and then explain to me why, when people were dying in England protesting about the export of calves, there were no meaningful attempts to stop the slaughter in Bosnia, and the dismemberment of an independent, multi cultural state. Has history taught us nothing? We should have bombed the Serbs then, and saved the world a lot of anguish (and a few thousand lives into the bargain). A great book, which shames us all.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well-researched, Well-written, 11 Oct 1998
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This review is from: Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West (Paperback)
This book defininitely opened my eyes to the "Slaughterhouse" of the Balkans. The book was definitely well-researched and well-written, but it definitely dragged on at times. Rieff seemed to be repeating himself throughout the whole book, but his points were obviously well-taken. It also described various detailed, graphic accounts of some of the hardships that many people had to live with. It portrayed all sides of the whole Bosnia/Serbia/Croatia genocide and compared it to the Holocaust. Rieff also berates the rest of the world for not coming to the aid of the thousands of victims of this war. A good overview of the entire Balkan conflict.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Moralizing without heart, 8 Mar 1999
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This book present the western world's condescending view of Bosnia and in the process demeans those that I know who have died there. Rieff does not seem to understant that the tragedy of Bosnia is not about whether the big governments could have done something to prevent war, it is about the loss of human dignity in the face of ideological conflicts. It is a universal tale, not a simple Sunday school sermon. Rieff should have spent some time learning the language and truly understanding the people instead of just what his interviewees want him and the West to hear.
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Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West by David Rieff (Paperback - 1 Mar 1996)
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