Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation

Yugoslavia Death of a Nation The most authoritative account in English or any other language about how the war began The Washington Post Book World An essential resource for anyone of the conflict The New York Times Book Review

  • Title: Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation
  • Author: Laura Silber Allan Little
  • ISBN: 9780140262636
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Paperback
  • The most authoritative account in English or any other language about how the war began The Washington Post Book World An essential resource for anyone of the conflict The New York Times Book Review.

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    1. This is an excellent book about a very confused period of recent history, namely: the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s. There are two problems with the book, neither of which are the fault of the co-authors, Laura Silber and Allan Little:First of all, by 1997, when Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation was published, the last act of Yugoslavia's demise had not yet occurred. I am referring to the Kosovo War of 1998-1999, with the subsequent bombing of Belgrade by NATO.Secondly, the authors tried hard to follow [...]

    2. This book gives a very clear-cut picture of the disintegration of Yugoslavia. The main protagonist was Slobodan Milosevic and the key ingredient was Serbian nationalism and expansionism. The Serbs wanted and obtained ethnic cleansing in Croatia and then Bosnia Herzegovina. All the pent-up hatred and nationalism that had been suppressed (at times violently) during the Tito years sprang to the surface like the bursting of a simmering volcano. The religious –ethnic divide of Serbs (Orthodox Chris [...]

    3. I knew nothing about the wars in the Balkens. Now I feel like a whole section of the recent world history has been opened before me. This book extensively covers the breakup of the former communist state of Yugoslavia. You will learn why the country disintegrated, why Slovenia and Croatia broke away as independant countries, how Serbia played a major role in the breakup and uniting of the other states, and how Croatia and Serbia fought to carve up pieces of Bosnia by forcing Muslims out of predo [...]

    4. This was a tiresome and trivial book to read.It mentions 100's of names of bit players who 16 years later have mostly and rightly been tossed into the dustbin of history. It reads like 100 newspaper articles pasted together. the small details of what happened are recounted in detail,but other than the fact that the people of the Balkins are tribal by history,and hate everyone not in their tribe,the larger picture isn't there.

    5. This book provided way more detail on the break-up of Yugoslavia than I ever wanted to know. It took me more than two months to read because it was so tedious- at times becoming a masochistic exercise just to get to the end of a chapter. When I did finally finish the book, I felt something akin to what runners feel after having run an ultramarathon- sudden rush of endorphins due to cessation of extreme physical abuse. Enjoy.

    6. A spectacular overview of the Yugoslav Crisis, its roots, and its progression into intervention. In-depth analysis and interviews with those directly involved, as well as a great discussion of the lead-up! The book was released to accompany a documentary with the same name: book is suggested for more detail!

    7. the best, most objective overview of the war and it's immediate origins that i've come across (far better analysis than balkans ghosts, which seems to be the go-to book on the subject). it was published in the mid-90s, so it doesn't include the war in kosovo

    8. Detailed look at the diplomatic and political side to the collapse and fall of Yugoslavia written near the time of the actual events; also a companion book to a documentary. Sordid part of 20th century European history with yet another hollow communist state riddled with ethnic, religious, and nationalist conflicts erupting into violence and collapse. The locals did the deeds, but that doesn't let Europe, Russia, or the U.S. off the hook either. Precursor to the various sub-optimal outcomes as t [...]

    9. This book took some time to read - a lot is covered and it can get pretty dense. This was such a comprehensive look at the wars and it seems only fitting that I finished it the day Mladic was convicted of genocide.

    10. Clear and well reported chronicle of events. I finally feel like I understand a war that I never really understood.

    11. This was a very interesting political insight to the break-up of Yugoslavia. Although I knew a lot of this information having lived in the Balkans for he past 2 years, there were many details that I did not know. For a heavy historical/political book, it was pretty easy to read and follow and it flowed in a sequential order. Having a table of the more important political figures as well as different maps in the beginning was also very helpful.However, this gets a rating of 3.5 stars for three re [...]

    12. i know it's strange to put up 4 stars and "didn't finish." really though, i'm just being honest with myself -- this one isn't an easy read. don't let that dissuade you though; if you're interested in Yugoslavia and its disintegration, this seems like a solid choice. it's well researched, the chapters are short for easy digestion, and they're more or less chronological, based on the republic. that said, non-fictions are always a tough slog for me, no matter the subject matter. add to that 5 diffe [...]

    13. What an enlightening book this was. I recently noticed, when I read a novel set in Croatia just when the war for independence broke out, that I didn't know much about the fall of Yugoslavia and the ensuing conflicts. There aren't many books out there covering the whole affair and given how relatively recent it all happened, there is bound to be more to emerge and likely a few factual corrections to be had.Even so, this book was definitely the right choice for a thorough and impartial overview. S [...]

    14. Text bookIt was a very good overview of 50 years of Balkans history. Unforcenantly, it was written in '95 so the last decade is not included, I would have thought they would have another edition with an afterward or something by now.Reading like a text book did a few things, one it made it less engaging so I really had to convince myself to sit down and read it, hence the 2 stars. But, it also allowed it to be less subjective to one side, and give a more objective account, of what is usually a v [...]

    15. Incredible. I couldn't have asked for a book that was more informative and comprehensive. One of the major global conflicts of my lifetime (to this point) finally laid bare, and made undertsandable. Without a doubt packed to the gills with information and data. Delves into the complex political manipulation and nationalism that set the war in motion, explores the personalities of the major figures involved, and the machinations of global political diplomacy and power jockeying. Fascinating and e [...]

    16. For something written so soon after the conflict, this book is so clear. Really impressive. It's a part of the world that Westerners in general know little about, even though the United States was so involved by the end of the conflict. The last sentence sums it up: Victory, in former Yugoslavia, will fall not to the just, but to the strong. The entire book builds on this mentality, and outlines how that came to be: the lies and deception of not just one leader, but most leaders of the former Yu [...]

    17. The definite account of the Yugoslav wars, as the companion book to a highly exclaimed BBC series. One of the startling things I read, is about a small village where despite the war everybody lived together, until the arrival of extremists from outside. Within a fortnight the whole village was a battlefield and the original inhabitants either killed or fled I hope one day people will be able to reach over the fault lines still at work in this miserable country

    18. This book did a great job filling the blanks of my knowledge regarding the conflict in Yugoslavia. It is, in fact, quite an interesting read for someone who enjoys historical accounts and is interested in this region, both of which are true for me.My only criticisms are laid out in the introduction of the novel, and that's that they do ignore some of the more minor players in the conflict, choosing only to focus on Bosnia, Serbia, and Croatia.

    19. Every side of the Balkans conflict has their own version of what happened I'm on a quest to break through all the interpretations, lies, and misperceptions to find the basic truth this book brings me one step closerIt's a dense book that's more historical and political than emotional, and it's got most of the facts I'm searching for, though not everything they claim is backed up with evidence which annoys me.

    20. This book was full of good and interesting information about the war in Yugoslavia and it's background, particularly the political moves which led to and fed the conflict. I only gave it two stars because it was written a lot like a text book, which made it difficult to get through. It's worth the read but you need to be willing to dedicated because it will seem like you're just slogging slowly through it.

    21. A lucid account of what went wrong in Yugoslavia. While there are some points, especially in the beginning of the book, where they are throwing too many names at you, Silber and Little have a really great accounting of what was happening and who was responsible. The only real problem is that this book ends with the Dayton Accords, so there is zero discussion of the war crimes trials and how that all transpired, which I would really love to understand.

    22. 3.5 stars. There are a TON of minute details in this book (as some of the other reviewers have stated), but I really enjoyed getting down to the nitty gritty. The conflict was framed in a fairly unbiased way and this book provided new details that I wasn't aware of. I enjoyed it overall.

    23. Tough to read, many long names. The book declares an end, prior to Kosovo. Very informative. Did not seem politically stilted, reported both Serb and Croat excesses. If there was a sequel, I would take a pass on that.

    24. documentary based on it (or rather, since it includes the interviews that are constantly quoted throughout the book, on which it was based) is way better -- more entertaining and edifying at the same time. you can find it on google video by searching "death of yugoslavia." watch it.

    25. It was a good book, but it didn't really follow the documentary as strictly as I imagined it would. This is particularly relevant considering the plethora of books on the topic. The end followed a few things, and it was good to have a list of key players.

    26. This was very well written and readable. I read it just prior to watching Christiane Amanpour's documentary in the 1990s on the genocide in Yugoslavia and was delighted to realize that it had stuck with me and the book had been thorough.

    27. well you never knew--that communism nearly destroyed this nation and left in its wake people suffering from exposure to incredibly toxic materials.ill reading

    28. Very detailed and concise explanation of the breakup of Yugoslavia, and the people and events that caused it.

    29. Based on what little I know about the Balkans, this seems incredibly comprehensive, especially for such a (relatively) slim book. The fact that it is well written is just an added bonus.

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