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My War Gone By, I Miss It So


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Central Bosnia, Winter 1993

"Don't shoot, don't shoot," the three soldiers cried out to their comrades as they staggered up the rain-sodden slope towards the Muslim lines at the end of the Novi Travnik. The BiH troops scrambled out of their bunkers among the trees, stumbling down the narrow trenches to take up their positions on the knoll of ground overlooking the Croat-held houses little more than a hundred yards below them. These were confused moments, though once in place it took the fighters only seconds to understand the full horror unfolding before their eyes.

The men approaching them were their own, captured days earlier during a dawn infiltration of the Muslim lines by the HVO. Now, forced back across no man's land, the prisoners lurched unnaturally up the hillside. Their hands were strapped to their waists. Improvised claymore mines were attached to their chests, linked to the Croat houses by coils of wire that unraveled slowly with each stop of their robotic progress. The human bombs were returning home.

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Loyd, Anthony
Penguin Books
New York
Military - General
Bosnia and hercegovina
Military - Other
Military - Veterans
Yugoslav war, 1991-1995
Eastern Europe - Balkan Republics
Military-General History
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Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
7.98x5.34x.74 in. .64 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 336 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140298543 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "I would be lying if I told you I enjoyed the experience of reading this book, but I would also be lying if I said I regretted a minute of it. It simply is a damn good book, and if you are at all interested in wars and why they keep happening, you really should read it." (read the entire review)
"Review" by , "Not like any other book on the Yugoslav war, his gripping, viscerally subjective chronicle puts a human face on the tragedy as it mourns the strangled soul of multiethnic Bosnia."
"Review" by , "An extraordinary evocation of the war in Bosnia, that is also a painful personal story...idiosyncratic, unsparingly graphic, refreshingly critical, and beautifully written."
"Review" by , "Loyd's fragmentary reports morph into first-rate war correspondence from Bosnia that places him into the great tradition of Hemingway, Caputo, and Michael Herr."
"Review" by , "A fascinating look at war from a front-row seat."
"Review" by , "Magnificent...a stench of blood, excrement, mortar-fire, slivovitz and human bestiality emanates from these pages."
"Review" by , "I have nowhere read a more vivid account of frontline fear and survival."
"Synopsis" by , "A truly exceptional...account of his time in the Balkans and Chechnya....I read [Loyd's] story of war and addiction (to conflict and to heroin) with a sense of gratitude for the honesty and courage on every page." Independent (UK)"
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Nothing can prepare you for Anthony Loyd's portrait of war. It is the story of the unspeakable terror and the visceral, ecstatic thrill of combat, and the lives and dreams laid to waste by the bloodiest conflict that Europe has witnessed since the Second World War.

Born into a distinguished military family, Loyd was raised on the stories of his ancestors' exploits and grew up fascinated with war. Unsatisfied by a brief career in the British Army, he set out for the killing fields in Bosnia. It was there--in the midst of the roar of battle and the life-and-death struggle among the Serbs, Croatians, and Bosnian Muslims--that he would discover humanity at its worst and best. Profoundly shocking, poetic, and ultimately redemptive, this is an uncompromising look at the brutality of war and its terrifyingly seductive power.

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