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Fighting for Peace: Bosnia 1994 Hardcover – 12 Nov 1998
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The thinking man's BRAVO TWO ZERO (SPECTATOR)
One of Britain's most decorated and experienced battlefield soldiers (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
Feisty, charismatic, combative and engaging... One of the surprises and delights of this book is its highly personal tone. (EVENING STANDARD)
Fascinating and well-written. (IRISH TIMES) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
* Inside account of the Bosnian war by one of the major players
* Also features entertaining and waspish observations of friends and enemies
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This book I felt was really good at:
- putting across fairly the differing views on the situation (not just the three factions in Bosnia but also those of Serbia, Croatia, UN, NATO, US, Britain, Russia)
- differentiating between the different parties e.g. the Serbs and Bonsian Serbs, the US administration and American individuals within the UN
- creating an understanding of the complexities including the history of the region, the international political situation and personalities of the individuals, and never writing off an issue as just "very complex" without explaining why
- making it clear the differences between the UN, NATO and individual international governments, the the inter-dependence between them
- a good balance of detailed military maneuvers, the historical and political context, the personality of the different people/parties involved, comical events and asides, personal aspects of the author's life, day to day life in the UN
Michael Rose does on a couple of occasions try to explain the background to decisions he made which were reported in a negative light at the time in the media, and is at times critical of the negative media. However I felt the booked strived to always give both/all sides to each story and was never overly defensive. The main points - about the differing views/actions of the three Bosnian factions, and the differing roles of the UN and NATO - are put across excellently.
The book is a bit complex and confusing at first due to immense amount going on, but there's helpful maps and glossary of people to keep you guided. It's a hugely rewarding read and I can't recommend it highly enough.
If you just want a good read about plenty of guts and classic British generals, you will love this book!
However, this book blows apart that stereotype.
The year, which must have been an awful time, is covered at pace, with the merest possible attention given to the political intricacies which would bore an untrained eye.
The account is told through REAL eyes - the best parts are the descriptions of the ordinary people of Bosnia, who had suffered so much, and of Gen. Rose's own troops, who did so well, and were so effective, at a time when they must have felt that their hands were tied behind their backs. Goose emerges as a real character, and I hope that we hear from him soon.
It must have been frustrating as the force commander to be criticised for the year by those who could only imagine how difficult and political was the job on the ground. It is a tribute to the author that the book does not become a slurry of self-justification.
I believe that this book has a real currency as a historical piece - yet is told like with the momentum of a thriller. It is as if there was a ghost writer.....
Go buy it for a good read, for a good record, or as an excellent historical piece.
This book is recommended for everyone who has had an opinion formed by the media over the past 6 years. It should also be required reading for the future when, we, the public sense our opinions being formed, whilst we are fed a diet of emotional journalistic claptrap and a shortage of proper debate and information. The world full of people wearing white hats and black hats belongs in Holywood
Thank you Sir Michael, you alone have demonstrated that altruism need not be a dirty word.
This excellent account, pitched at exactly the right level between historical text and anecdotal diary, moves at a fast pace and is coloured with superb human touches - generally involving the oversize Goose, who MUST have a book in him.
As one might expect from a career soldier, the style is clear and direct; few punches are pulled and the honesty of the account and of the opinions is backed with strong evidence.
What one wouldn't expect is the "readibility" of the book; where one could reasonably expect it to get bogged down in acronym, terminology and political manoeuvres, the author manages to keep the skeleton of the political landscape well fleshed with perceptive thoughts and human views.
All in all, an excellent book; very much a must-have.
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