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The Fall of Yugoslavia
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on 30 November 2013
There are several things that are really good:
- the immediacy of the accounts which are clearly written at the time of the events described, which sometimes results in some confusion of tense
- the insight into the underlying issues and fundamental difficulties of the reshaping of Yugoslavia
- the insight into the mistakes of policy within Europe and the implications on the ground for those who suffered as a result
- the even handedness of the picture, clearly the Serbs are not the only transgressors as is sometimes portrayed, nor are the Moslems simply victims, and the historical fears raised by the resurgence of Croatian nationalism are clear

But there are more things that make this frustrating:
- the accounts appear to assume knowledge about the events being described but the explanations and context only appear later in the narrative, leaving one confused. Sometimes the explanations never come. For instance, the US threat to attack Serbian targets is mentioned suddenly as something that has been threatened but this is the first we hear of it and we have no idea why this is threatened or the context of the threat.
- it stops short in 1996 - well the main book before this but there are epilogues to this edition. This leaves one wondering how the subsequent carnage developed and how we got to where we are today in 2013.

It is a good contemporary account but it falls short of comprehensive explanation. If you are looking for a history,then look elsewhere, this is additional colour and background and not the definitive account.
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on 20 February 2016
I have been enjoying reading this book which elaborates the fall of Yugoslavia and the consequently following war between JNA which sided along with Serb interest and separatist ambition of other republics which were pushed for independence through Milosevic's ambition of creation of constitution which was obsolete and not aplicable anymore for Yugoslavia, namely reaffirmation of centralised and firm federation. He also gives account of nationalist ideas and ambitions of Croatian president Tudjman and his plans with Milosevic of expelling Serb population from Croatia and devision of Bosnia. Misha also goes into the occurences which he lived through in Yugoslavia covering all what was happening around him from wars in Croatia to Bosnia coalescing it with loquacious language. It is a concise description of demise and obliteration of Yugoslavia, and what nationalism which was "in vogue" as he describes it is capable of doing it. It is a must for everyone who is keen to know more about crisis which had befallen the Yugoslavs. Misha gives an unprecedented and objective insight into the Yugoslav crisis and therefore would gladly recommend it.
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on 28 January 2018
One of the best books on the Yugoslav conflict. very informative and easy to read. 2nd copy bought, this one was a gift.

Was recommended to me by a Bosnian friend who felt it was a balanced portrayal of the war.
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on 28 October 2013
On a recent visit to Korchula, Croatia and Mostar in Bosnia, it dawned on me that we all know so much about WWII yet most of us know little about the recent civil war in Jugoslavia where many people died. I researched a number books on the subject and gravitated towards this book as my first read about this tragic area.
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on 4 November 2017
Detailed, fascinating and pretty wonderful read.
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on 27 December 2013
This book could have done with a professional editor to bring a little more coherence to the somewhat rambling description of the terrible events that attended the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia. Vivid descriptions of some of the key personalities involved and a brave attempt to explain their machinations. Maps don't contribute much. It would be good if Mr Glenny revisted and updated this book
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on 6 November 2013
A very complex book, about a confusing situation, but the writer starts in the middle of the conflict, and does not give a background that would make it clearer for an uninformed reader. A good book for one who wants the details and clear explanation of events, but it would be advisable to do some background research first.
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on 1 February 2018
A good record of a sad demise.
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on 27 January 2018
Very prompt, good value
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on 27 March 2017
very happy with puchase!!
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