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Kosovo: War and Revenge (Yale Nota Bene) Paperback – 5 Nov 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (5 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300097255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300097252
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tim Judah lived in Belgrade from 1990-1995, reporting for the London Times and the New York Review of Books. When the "ethnic cleansing" started in Kosovo, he was there. So his Kosovo: War and Revenge is well placed to offer some insights, variously scathing and compassionate, on the whole sorry mess. It doesn't matter how many Serbian tanks you (allegedly) knock out with your high-tech bombing raids "since the most potent weapon in ethnic cleansing is the cigarette-lighter needed to set houses on fire". Judah can evoke the madness of Kosovo in a single, startling set piece: vengeful Albanians rampaging through a Serbian Orthodox priest's house; smashing icons; stealing candles; French soldiers from KFOR "looking on amiably"; a nearby Gypsy house also on fire; and a passing French commander explaining to an open-mouthed Judah that the official NATO policy at this moment is "to let them pillage". Paraphrasing a Belgrade journalist, he notes sadly that Serbia has still not found its Adenauer, nor Kosovo its Mandela, which is what both so desperately need. The introductory chapter summarising Kosovo's tortured and tortuous history, is better rendered in Noel Malcolm's Kosovo: A Short History, and, for a wider overview of the Balkans themselves, one would certainly prefer Misha Glenny's The Balkans, 1804-1899. But for an acerbic and perceptive personal account, Judah's book is hard to beat. --Christopher Hart --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"A serious history book written with the pace of a thriller: action flits between Swiss cafes and the very lairs of the warlords themselves." -- Nicholas Foulkes, Financial Times

"A superb political narrative of the fight for Kosovo." -- Fouad Ajami, New York Times Book Review

"Judah provides the most comprehensive English-language account yet of the Kosovo Liberation Army’s transformation from a band of outcasts to the most powerful political force in Kosovo." -- Michael Dobbs, Washington Post Book World

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