Tom Hudak, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by Tom Hudak)
I can't believe I let this book sit on my shelf unread for so many years. Ok, maybe its length is intimidating. And to be honest, I am only halfway through. But what a great read on so many levels: journalism, history, and literature. I am marking passages worth coming back to, and am finding them throughout.
rxcandy, August 27, 2008 (view all comments by rxcandy)
Part travelogue, part history book, Dame West takes the reader on a fascinating journey from Vienna to Beograd, and all points in between.
The same problems that plagued the Balkans over 70 years ago still take place today. Her penchant for details is unyielding. Although over 1,000 pages, a must read for those seeking a clearer understanding of Balkan conflicts, both past and present.
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Written on the brink of World War II, West's classic examination of the history, people, and politics of Yugoslavia is a magnificent blend of travel journal, cultural commentary, and historical insight.
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