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Virtual War : Kosovo and Beyond (00 Edition)

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Winner of Britain's prestigious George Orwell Prize.

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For a decade, Michael Ignatieff has provided eyewitness accounts and penetrating analyses from the world's battle zones. In Virtual War, he offers an analysis of the conflict in Kosovo and what it means for the future of warfare. He describes the latest phase in modern combat: war fought by remote control. In "real" war, nations are mobilized, soldiers fight and die, victories are won. In virtual war, however, there is often no formal declaration of hostilities, the combatants are strike pilots and computer programmers, the nation enlists as a TV audience, and instead of defeat and victory there is only an uncertain endgame.

Kosovo was such a virtual war, a war in which U.S. and NATO forces did the fighting but only Kosovars and Serbs did the dying. Ignatieff examines the conflict through the eyes of key players--politicians, diplomats, and generals--and through the experience of the victims, the refugees and civilians who suffered. As unrest continues in the Balkans, East Timor, and other places around the world, Ignatieff raises the troubling possibility that virtual wars, so much easier to fight, could become the way superpowers impose their will in the century ahead.

Review:

"Ignatieff has produced a work that is both intellectually unflinching and genuinely open-minded. Ostensibly a consideration of the moral and political implications of the West's military intervention in Kosovo, the book is in fact the best exploration of both the operational and moral dilemmas of humanitarian war that has yet been written....A considerable achievement." David Rieff, Los Angeles Times Book Review

Review:

"Vividly reported and thoughtful....Something like the Yugoslav tangle may confront us again, and Ignatieff's book will help our thinking if and when the time comes again to unleash the dogs of virtual war." Bruce Nelan, Time magazine

Review:

"Especially vivid and accessible...Ignatieff combine[s] fine reportage and sophisticated reflection." Timothy Garton Ash, The New York Review of Books

Synopsis:

"Virtual War" describes the latest phase in modern combat: war fought by remote control. Kosovo was such a virtual war, a war in which US and NATO forces did the fighting but only Kosovars and Serbs did the dying. Ignatieff raises the troubling possibility that virtual wars, so much easier to fight, could become the way superpowers impose their will in the century ahead.

Synopsis:

"Virtual War" describes the latest phase in modern combat: war fought by remote control. Kosovo was such a virtual war, a war in which US and NATO forces did the fighting but only Kosovars and Serbs did the dying. Ignatieff raises the troubling possibility that virtual wars, so much easier to fight, could become the way superpowers impose their will in the century ahead.

About the Author

Michael Ignatieff is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, among other publications and the author of many acclaimed books including Blood and Belonging, Isaiah Berlin, The Warrior's Honor, The Russian Album, and The Needs of Strangers. He lives in London and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312278359
Author:
Ignatieff, Michael
Publisher:
Picador USA
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
International
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Europe - Eastern
Subject:
Eastern Europe - Yugoslavia
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
Kosovo (serbia)
Subject:
Kosovo
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Eastern Europe - Balkan Republics
Subject:
Kosovo (Serbia) History Civil War, 1998-
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military-General History
Series Volume:
no. 99-31
Publication Date:
20010631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.579 n

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Product details 256 pages Picador USA - English 9780312278359 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Ignatieff has produced a work that is both intellectually unflinching and genuinely open-minded. Ostensibly a consideration of the moral and political implications of the West's military intervention in Kosovo, the book is in fact the best exploration of both the operational and moral dilemmas of humanitarian war that has yet been written....A considerable achievement."
"Review" by , "Vividly reported and thoughtful....Something like the Yugoslav tangle may confront us again, and Ignatieff's book will help our thinking if and when the time comes again to unleash the dogs of virtual war."
"Review" by , "Especially vivid and accessible...Ignatieff combine[s] fine reportage and sophisticated reflection."
"Synopsis" by , "Virtual War" describes the latest phase in modern combat: war fought by remote control. Kosovo was such a virtual war, a war in which US and NATO forces did the fighting but only Kosovars and Serbs did the dying. Ignatieff raises the troubling possibility that virtual wars, so much easier to fight, could become the way superpowers impose their will in the century ahead.
"Synopsis" by , "Virtual War" describes the latest phase in modern combat: war fought by remote control. Kosovo was such a virtual war, a war in which US and NATO forces did the fighting but only Kosovars and Serbs did the dying. Ignatieff raises the troubling possibility that virtual wars, so much easier to fight, could become the way superpowers impose their will in the century ahead.
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