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Vigorous, passionate, humane, and extremely readable For an account of what has actually happened Glenny s book so far stands unparalleled The New Republic The fall of Yugoslavia tells the whole, true story of the Balkan Crisis and the ensuing war for those around the world who have watched the battle unfold with a mixture of horror, dread, and confusion When Croatia and Slovenia declared their independence in June , peaceful neighbors of four decades took up arms against each other once again and a savage war flared in the Balkans The underlying causes go back to business left unfinished by both the Second and First World Wars In this acclaimed book, now revised and updated with a new chapter on the Dayton Accords and the subsequent US involvement, Misha Glenny offers a sobering eyewitness chronicle of the events that rekindled the violent conflict, a lucid and impartial analysis of the politics behind them, and incisive portraits of the main personalities involved Above all, he shows us the human realities behind the headlines, and puts in its true, historical context one of the most ferocious civil wars of our time

9 thoughts on “The Fall of Yugoslavia: The Third Balkan War

  1. Mr. David B. Austin Mr. David B. Austin says:

    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 clearBut there are 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.

  2. Denin Srmic Denin Srmic says:

    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 any 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 about crisis which had befallen the Yugoslavs Misha gives an unprecedented and objective insight into the Yugoslav crisis and therefore would gladly recommend it.

  3. Stokesy Stokesy says:

    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.

  4. Mr. Paul Mills Mr. Paul Mills says:

    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.

  5. artsman11 artsman11 says:

    This book could have done with a professional editor to bring a little 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

  6. Alan May Alan May says:

    Detailed, fascinating and pretty wonderful read.

  7. Bismarck Bismarck says:

    Very prompt, good value

  8. Lynn Lister Lynn Lister says:

    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.

  9. Marco Lovisetto Marco Lovisetto says:

    Questo autore riesce a mantenere equidistanza rispetto ai vari attori in campo spesso in occidente si tende ad attribuire le responsabilit del conflitto nella ex Yugoslavia esclusivamente ai serbi.Glenny sottolinea invece le responsabilit di tutti croati ed islamici bosniaci compresi un punto di vista indispensabile per comprendere meglio il crollo di quella nazione.L autore non tenero con Tito,ma a me pare che se si tiene conto delle atrocit che si sono verificate nel conflitto,non possiamo che dare atto al dittatore di aver saputo tenere sotto controllo le varie etnie che compongono il paese per alcuni decenni