Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica Hardcover – 1 May 1997
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Returning to the subject that has already earned him a Pulitzer Prize, journalist Rohde brings keen analysis and powerful convictions to the story of Srebrenica's fall. For almost two years, Rohde has been intimately involved in trying to uncover the truth about Srebrenica's missing Muslims, many of whom (at least 5,000 men and boys) are believed to have perished in mass executions conducted by Bosnian Serbs. After locating mass graves and credible survivors, the journalist was briefly taken prisoner by Bosnian Serbs. Endgame offers a day-to-day account of events leading up to the enclave's fall on July 16, 1995. Rohde manages his material with the hand of a novelist, describing settings and atmosphere, developing characters, highlighting the horror of events. Among the various individuals we meet are Muslim civilians (men and women), two Dutch UN peacekeepers, a Bosnian Serb policeman, and a number of soldiers. Readers feel the acute humiliation and frustration of Dutch peacekeepers who are ordered to surrender to advancing Bosnian Serbs, the arrogance of Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic, and the fury and callousness of the executioners. Rohde carefully lays out his analysis and conclusions about the two central mysteries of Srebrenica's capture. First he raises the question of the massacre itself. Convinced that it happened, Rohde specifies the nature of its significance: the largest massacre in Europe since WW II, "the intensity of its bloodletting," and "the international community's role in the tragedy." Finally, Rohde gives a useful account of the many explanations of why Srebrenica fell, including the varied conspiracy theories about secret deals involving every conceivable party, from the authorities in Sarajevo to the Bosnian Serbs to UN officials. While the evidence is not conclusive, the atmosphere of connivance (and Western inaction) comes through clearly. A passionate account, and an important addition to the growing library of books about the Bosnian catastrophe. (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
David Rohde, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, is a reporter for "The New York Times" and the author of "Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica." He won his first Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for helping uncover the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia for "The Christian Science Monitor" and his second in 2009 as part of "The New York Times " team covering Afghanistan and Pakistan.
David and Kristen both grew up in New England and graduated from Brown University. They live in New York." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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.
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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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.Published on 7 Jun. 2013 by P. Thomas
This book is a farce, or at least the author is. This guy won a pulizer prize for reporting on the troubles in the Baulkans war, yet what he reported he couldnt back up, he never... Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2010 by B J Jackson
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... Read morePublished on 1 April 2008 by Miguel Duarte Laranjeira
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... Read morePublished on 3 April 2006 by Mick Trezise
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... Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 1999
I believe Mr. Rohde's conclusions. This is one of a few "must reads" by books over the Balkans. Read morePublished on 15 Jun. 1999
At the start of his book Mr. Rhode tells that Srebrenica turned out not to be the simple story of good and evil he anticipated. TTthis was not the impression I received. Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 1999
Astounded by how little I understand about Balkan conflicts, I chose this book to glimpse into the region. Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 1999