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on 26 July 1999
This book actually takes you into the realities of war. Where Michael Herr's Dispatches told us so much about Americans in the Vietnam war, Anthony Loyd's book takes us into the heart of Bosnia and introduces us to the people who are caught up in a war in their own country. Loyd is very honest about his own motives for choosing to go to war, and about the deep impact that this experience has had on him. The book is as much a journey of personal discovery as it is an eye-witness account of war in Bosnia and Chechnya. It is at least as good as Michael Herr's book, and shares Herr's gradual growth in understanding of the impact of war on 'observers' and the impossibility of maintaining a neutral stance in the face of such a situation. Absolutely brilliant - there are images in this book that are imprinted into my brain because of the power of what Loyd is telling us. It is also an interesting experience to enjoy reading a book which examines ideas of being a voyeur in other people's nightmares...
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