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Be Not Afraid, for You Have Sons in America: How a Brooklyn Roofer Helped Lure the U.S. Into the Kosovo War

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Publisher Comments:

Praise for Be Not Afraid, For You Have Sons in America:

"Thanks to years of reporting, Stacy Sullivan has managed to hunt down the inside story of how a Brooklyn roofer helped launch a guerrilla army in the Balkans. With her remarkable tales of gun-running, intrigue, high politics, and murder, Sullivan has given us a work of contemporary history that reads more like a crime thriller. She has also offered a disturbing glimpse behind the scenes of one of the only wars ever waged on humanitarian grounds."

- Samantha Power, Pulitzer prize winning author of A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide

"Be Not Afraid is a war reporting tour de force - tough, thorough, and gut-wrenching. In the tradition of Anthony Lukas' Common Ground Stacy Sullivan gives us an unforgettable character - the avenging Brooklyn émigré Florin Krasniqi - to capture the full emotional toll of a brutal war we only thought we understood."

- Todd Balf, author of the New York Times bestseller The Last River and The Darkest Jungle

"Stacy Sullivan allows us to peer into the shadowy world of revolutionaries, gangsters, gun runners and war profiteers who work below the surface of every conflict. Her story is as timeless as it is compelling. She chronicles the awful machinery of war, the high idealism and base cynicism, the brutal politics and utopian visions, which propel young men into battlefields and often leaves them broken and scarred. She captures, through her dogged reporting, the dark and frightening labyrinth of war."

- Chris Hedges, author of the national bestseller and finalist for the National Book Critics Award for War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning

Review:

"The Kosovo Liberation Army was sparked and sustained by a roof contractor in Brooklyn who personally bought and shipped arms, massively fund-raised and provided ideological and tactical support to the fledgling guerrilla force. Sullivan, who covered the Balkans in the '90s for Newsweek, mixes reportage (sometimes reconstructed) of the insurgent group's battles with Milosevic's Serb forces after Yugoslavia's disintegration with the KLA's improbable U.S.-based, backstory, gleaned after the conflict was messily resolved by a U.N.-led coalition (commanded by Wesley Clark). She is terrific in detailing the life of Florin Krasniqi, a Kosovar Albanian who emigrated illegally to the U.S. via Mexico in 1988, and took it upon himself to get the KLA off the ground once Milosevic's intentions (and the inefficacy of nonviolent resistance) became clear to him. Anecdotes of buying assault weapons at gun shows and taking them to Albania on conventional flights, of shopping for Stinger missiles in Pakistan and of the Muslim Krasniqi getting a great price on uniforms from Brooklyn Hasidim are as funny as they are unsettling. Snappily written with a keen eye for telling personal tics and crushing political ironies, Sullivan's book reveals that this crucial, underreported event of the late '90s was more multilateral than anyone imagined. Agent, Esmond Harmsworth. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A powerful insider's account of how Albanians living in the U.S. organized, funded, and fought for the Kosovo Liberation Army. This is the remarkable story of these activists, as well as stories of their homeland--its divisions, its profound loyalties, and its war-torn history.

Synopsis:

An insider's powerful account of how Albanians living in the United States organized, funded, and fought for the Kosovo Liberation Army and eventually drew America into fighting on their behalf.

Synopsis:

Florin Krasniqi immigrated to the United States from Kosovo in 1988 by sneaking across the Mexican border in the trunk of a white Cadillac. Once in America, he started his own business, fell in love, married, and bought a house. But he did not forget the country he left behind. In 1996, when one of his cousins helped start the Kosovo Liberation Army in the hope of securing Kosovo's independence, Florin chipped in to help.

Over the next two years, Florin helped direct a network of Albanian émigrés across the U.S., raising millions of dollars for the rebel force. Soon he began visiting gun shows across America and running weapons and other supplies to the rebels. All the while he was also lobbying some of Washington's most powerful politicians. Eventually he helped recruit American volunteers, some of whom left schools and colleges in the New York area to fight for a homeland they hardly knew.

Be Not Afraid, For You Have Sons in America tells the remarkable story of how a small group of young men in Kosovo backed by a network of émigrés in the United States started a guerrilla army that lured the world's most powerful military alliance into fighting their war and changed the course of history in the Balkans forever.

Synopsis:

Praise for Be Not Afraid, For You Have Sons in America:

"Thanks to years of reporting, Stacy Sullivan has managed to hunt down the inside story of how a Brooklyn roofer helped launch a guerrilla army in the Balkans. With her remarkable tales of gun-running, intrigue, high politics, and murder, Sullivan has given us a work of contemporary history that reads more like a crime thriller. She has also offered a disturbing glimpse behind the scenes of one of the only wars ever waged on humanitarian grounds."

- Samantha Power, Pulitzer prize winning author of A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide

"Be Not Afraid is a war reporting tour de force - tough, thorough, and gut-wrenching. In the tradition of Anthony Lukas' Common Ground Stacy Sullivan gives us an unforgettable character - the avenging Brooklyn émigré Florin Krasniqi - to capture the full emotional toll of a brutal war we only thought we understood."

- Todd Balf, author of the New York Times bestseller The Last River and The Darkest Jungle

"Stacy Sullivan allows us to peer into the shadowy world of revolutionaries, gangsters, gun runners and war profiteers who work below the surface of every conflict. Her story is as timeless as it is compelling. She chronicles the awful machinery of war, the high idealism and base cynicism, the brutal politics and utopian visions, which propel young men into battlefields and often leaves them broken and scarred. She captures, through her dogged reporting, the dark and frightening labyrinth of war."

- Chris Hedges, author of the national bestseller and finalist for the National Book Critics Award for War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning

About the Author

Stacy Sullivan covered the Balkans for Newsweek magazine. Her articles have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The Washington Post, Men's Journal, and others. She has been interviewed as an authority on the Kosovo conflict by Newshour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, Fox News, and many other national programs. She began interviewing Albanian Americans when she was a graduate student at Columbia University, and has worked in Belgrade, Prishtina, Sarajevo, Tirana, and other major cities in the Balkans. She resides in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312285586
Subtitle:
How a Brooklyn Roofer Helped Lure the U.S. into the Kosovo War
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Author:
Sullivan, Stacy
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
International
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Kosovo
Subject:
Brooklyn
Subject:
Albanian Americans
Subject:
General Political Science
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series Volume:
6
Publication Date:
20040501
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus one 8-page bandw photo insert
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.56x6.40x1.19 in. 1.41 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » Eastern Europe » Former Yugoslavia

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Product details 352 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312285586 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The Kosovo Liberation Army was sparked and sustained by a roof contractor in Brooklyn who personally bought and shipped arms, massively fund-raised and provided ideological and tactical support to the fledgling guerrilla force. Sullivan, who covered the Balkans in the '90s for Newsweek, mixes reportage (sometimes reconstructed) of the insurgent group's battles with Milosevic's Serb forces after Yugoslavia's disintegration with the KLA's improbable U.S.-based, backstory, gleaned after the conflict was messily resolved by a U.N.-led coalition (commanded by Wesley Clark). She is terrific in detailing the life of Florin Krasniqi, a Kosovar Albanian who emigrated illegally to the U.S. via Mexico in 1988, and took it upon himself to get the KLA off the ground once Milosevic's intentions (and the inefficacy of nonviolent resistance) became clear to him. Anecdotes of buying assault weapons at gun shows and taking them to Albania on conventional flights, of shopping for Stinger missiles in Pakistan and of the Muslim Krasniqi getting a great price on uniforms from Brooklyn Hasidim are as funny as they are unsettling. Snappily written with a keen eye for telling personal tics and crushing political ironies, Sullivan's book reveals that this crucial, underreported event of the late '90s was more multilateral than anyone imagined. Agent, Esmond Harmsworth. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A powerful insider's account of how Albanians living in the U.S. organized, funded, and fought for the Kosovo Liberation Army. This is the remarkable story of these activists, as well as stories of their homeland--its divisions, its profound loyalties, and its war-torn history.
"Synopsis" by ,
An insider's powerful account of how Albanians living in the United States organized, funded, and fought for the Kosovo Liberation Army and eventually drew America into fighting on their behalf.

"Synopsis" by ,
Florin Krasniqi immigrated to the United States from Kosovo in 1988 by sneaking across the Mexican border in the trunk of a white Cadillac. Once in America, he started his own business, fell in love, married, and bought a house. But he did not forget the country he left behind. In 1996, when one of his cousins helped start the Kosovo Liberation Army in the hope of securing Kosovo's independence, Florin chipped in to help.

Over the next two years, Florin helped direct a network of Albanian émigrés across the U.S., raising millions of dollars for the rebel force. Soon he began visiting gun shows across America and running weapons and other supplies to the rebels. All the while he was also lobbying some of Washington's most powerful politicians. Eventually he helped recruit American volunteers, some of whom left schools and colleges in the New York area to fight for a homeland they hardly knew.

Be Not Afraid, For You Have Sons in America tells the remarkable story of how a small group of young men in Kosovo backed by a network of émigrés in the United States started a guerrilla army that lured the world's most powerful military alliance into fighting their war and changed the course of history in the Balkans forever.

"Synopsis" by ,
Praise for Be Not Afraid, For You Have Sons in America:

"Thanks to years of reporting, Stacy Sullivan has managed to hunt down the inside story of how a Brooklyn roofer helped launch a guerrilla army in the Balkans. With her remarkable tales of gun-running, intrigue, high politics, and murder, Sullivan has given us a work of contemporary history that reads more like a crime thriller. She has also offered a disturbing glimpse behind the scenes of one of the only wars ever waged on humanitarian grounds."

- Samantha Power, Pulitzer prize winning author of A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide

"Be Not Afraid is a war reporting tour de force - tough, thorough, and gut-wrenching. In the tradition of Anthony Lukas' Common Ground Stacy Sullivan gives us an unforgettable character - the avenging Brooklyn émigré Florin Krasniqi - to capture the full emotional toll of a brutal war we only thought we understood."

- Todd Balf, author of the New York Times bestseller The Last River and The Darkest Jungle

"Stacy Sullivan allows us to peer into the shadowy world of revolutionaries, gangsters, gun runners and war profiteers who work below the surface of every conflict. Her story is as timeless as it is compelling. She chronicles the awful machinery of war, the high idealism and base cynicism, the brutal politics and utopian visions, which propel young men into battlefields and often leaves them broken and scarred. She captures, through her dogged reporting, the dark and frightening labyrinth of war."

- Chris Hedges, author of the national bestseller and finalist for the National Book Critics Award for War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning

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