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Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica Hardcover – 1 May 1997

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  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux (T) (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374253420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374253424
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,020,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Format: 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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Very well written book on a very tentative subject it blows open the story of events in the Bosnian - Serb war and what really happened to Muslims and others when Sebrenica fell, its population having been abandoned by the UN et al and served up on a plate for General Ratko Mladic, Milosevic and others. Almost a killing-field, the Muslim people were sacrificed and slaughtered all in the name of 'ethnic cleansing' and although there were considerably less victims, the pattern of what occurred what not dis-similar to the last time the UN stuck its nose into a war, that of Rwanda concerning Tutse and Hutu tribes. THAT was also a bloodbath and the 'criteria' there for the UN to become really involved was whether what was happening amounted to 'genocide' and while THAT debate was going on thousands of innocents were being butchered. In Sebrenica the Dutch peacekeepers were humiliated, had weapons and equipment stolen on a daily basis and were unable to defend people due to what amounted to the UN's 'Rules of Engagement' or to use another word, its Pacivity. Excellent book on a sad subject.
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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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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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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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