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A great deed in a terrible time,
This review is from: Natasha's Story (Hardcover)
Michael Nicholson is a British war correspondent who `smuggled' a nine-year-old Bosnian girl out of an orphanage during the height of the Siege of Sarajevo and took her back to England to live with his family. This is his tale of how he did it, and of the problems and rewards he and his wife faced in helping Natasha adapt to her new life after the traumas of her past.
While I found this book beautifully written and fascinating, especially the sections devoted to the war itself, I finished it feeling a little puzzled about Michael Nicholson's own motives and decision-making processes in becoming a war correspondent. I wanted to know more about how he views his profession and what value he places on it, given that the role of journalists during the siege of Sarajevo was particularly contentious. I also found his anti-Serb bias a bit extreme in places, especially when he paraphrases an `expert' anthropologist who apparently compared Serbs, in their savagery, to one of the most primitive and brutal tribes of the Amazon basin. That's a little one-sided when discussing a war in which all sides committed brutalities.
The movie 'Welcome to Sarajevo' is very loosely based on the events depicted in Natasha's Story.