Anthony Loyd has written a book that in many ways betters Michael Herr's Dispatches in its depiction of a society and a person (himself) being transformed by the madness of war. The book operates on many levels. Firstly, it is a story about Loyd's journey of self-discovery and search for meaning which led him to have a strange symbiotic relationship with war and heroi., Secondly, it is an incredibly powerful portrayal of the madness and brutality of the sectarian warfare that plagues the post Cold War world. Thirdly, it is a searing indictment of the West in the form of the United Nations and NATO for standing by as Bosnia, a European multicultural society, was ripped apart and brutalized in the most horrific way by forces of brutal and inhumane extremism. This book is deeply disturbing but at its center is a very human and passionate voice, which in itself is a cause for optimism. Recent events only highlight how important and relevant this book is.