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on 28 January 2016
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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on 7 June 2013
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.
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on 8 February 1998
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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on 18 June 1999
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 real time, jumping to a number of characters and slowly revealing their experiences and fates. You absorb it as you would a movie. You see all sides of the Srebrenica disaster, from the Bosnians in the town and aggressive Serbs moving closer to the helpless Dutch peacekeepers and the Muslim men fleeing for their lives. I had watched the events in the Balkans unfold, but was a little too young to fully grasp what was going on. This book definitely put it in perspective with detail. Its real value, though, could be its ability to fortell what has just happened in Kosovo. In Endgame, you get a picture of Milosevic as a man possessed to purge the Balkans of all remnants of the Muslims. Even though he is not a major character, his influence is clear. Reading this book made Milosevic's actions in Kosovo seem all the more predictable, and the deaths of so many Albanian Kosovars so much more disturbing.
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on 8 April 2013
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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on 22 February 1999
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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on 4 August 1999
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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on 14 February 1999
Mr Rohde narrates a compelling story woven around facts that many in the US and Western Europe still try to hide. Endgame accurately portrays the cause of the fall of Srebrenica as well as the Bosnian crisis as not the centuries old religious war that most are led to believe, but hyper-nationalistic propaganda spawned from the likes of Milosevic and Karadizic. Regardless of the cause, Rohde's Endgame forces the reader to realize that the people of Srebrenica are victims of circumstances truly beyond their control. While Mr Rohde does his best to relate all that occurred, one cannot fully understand the true horrors that the people of Srebrenica and of Bosnia went through, nor all the missed political opportunities by the West. Anyone who discounts this book at sensationalistic and faulty truly does not understand why this book was written. If you plan extensive reading on the Balkans crisis, one need not look further for a better source of information.
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on 9 June 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. I did not expect the Muslims trapped there to have behaved flawlessly, most people do not under such cicumstances. The Serb massacre, however, disturbs me deeply, as does learning of how the men of Srebrenica spent their final hours: trapped in the woods at night, surrounded by Serb soldiers, or shot excution style in empty fields and wharehouses. Highly recommended, very moving.
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on 18 February 1998
The book The Endgame is a well-written piece of investigative literature that has obviously been carefully developed and researched. A piece of work that is this in-depth can never be 100% accurate, but Mr. Rohde has been able to capture the beliefs, attitudes and forces behind the terrible civil war in Bosnia. I have done years of scholarly research on this subject and know that the horrific acts discussed in this book are to the most extent true and often typical of what occurred in Bosnia. Mr. Rohde presents the reader with evidence that is not only based on victim accounts but also on the statements and facts from largely independent sources. Mr. Rohde does more than a capable job of presenting the evidence to the reader and allowing the reader to form his/her own judgements. And he has been able to do this in a situation that is very emotional and contentious. On a personal note, I know of Muslims that have lost innocent family members and have recounted those stories to me. Unfortunately, these accounts are not just a part of a propaganda machine but are real losses to real people.
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