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In 1993, the UN Security Council officially made Srebrenica the world's first UN-protected civilian safe area and stripped the town's Muslim defenders of their tanks and artillery. Two years later, Srebrenica fell after UN commanders turned down repeated requests for NATO air strikes to halt attacking Bosnian Serbs. As many as 7,000 Muslim men perished in mass executions o In 1993, the UN Security Council officially made Srebrenica the world's first UN-protected civilian safe area and stripped the town's Muslim defenders of their tanks and artillery. Two years later, Srebrenica fell after UN commanders turned down repeated requests for NATO air strikes to halt attacking Bosnian Serbs. As many as 7,000 Muslim men perished in mass executions or ambushes along a harrowing forty-mile flight one survivor called “The Marathon of Death.”In Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica, Europe's Worst Massacre Since World War II, Pulitzer Prize–winning author David Rohde follows the experiences of seven central characters—three Muslims in Srebrenica, two Dutch peacekeepers charged with defending the surrounded town, and two Serb Army soldiers attacking it—through the ten-day period that changed the course of the war in Bosnia and was arguably the darkest hour in United Nations history.Rohde exposes how the United States, France, Great Britain, the United Nations and the Bosnian government—out of incompetence or cynicism—allowed 40,000 Muslims to fall into the hands of their potential executioners. Part of an apparent Serb endgame to win the war, Srebrenica's fall ended up playing a crucial role in the Clinton administration's “endgame strategy” that halted the conflict. A new afterword by the author updates recent efforts to find the missing victims of Srebrenica and to apprehend and prosecute the executioners.The most comprehensive book to date on the subject, Endgame is a tale of cynical power politics in the post–Cold War era, a case study in genocide, and a disturbing testament to the power of propaganda and self-delusion.


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In 1993, the UN Security Council officially made Srebrenica the world's first UN-protected civilian safe area and stripped the town's Muslim defenders of their tanks and artillery. Two years later, Srebrenica fell after UN commanders turned down repeated requests for NATO air strikes to halt attacking Bosnian Serbs. As many as 7,000 Muslim men perished in mass executions o In 1993, the UN Security Council officially made Srebrenica the world's first UN-protected civilian safe area and stripped the town's Muslim defenders of their tanks and artillery. Two years later, Srebrenica fell after UN commanders turned down repeated requests for NATO air strikes to halt attacking Bosnian Serbs. As many as 7,000 Muslim men perished in mass executions or ambushes along a harrowing forty-mile flight one survivor called “The Marathon of Death.”In Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica, Europe's Worst Massacre Since World War II, Pulitzer Prize–winning author David Rohde follows the experiences of seven central characters—three Muslims in Srebrenica, two Dutch peacekeepers charged with defending the surrounded town, and two Serb Army soldiers attacking it—through the ten-day period that changed the course of the war in Bosnia and was arguably the darkest hour in United Nations history.Rohde exposes how the United States, France, Great Britain, the United Nations and the Bosnian government—out of incompetence or cynicism—allowed 40,000 Muslims to fall into the hands of their potential executioners. Part of an apparent Serb endgame to win the war, Srebrenica's fall ended up playing a crucial role in the Clinton administration's “endgame strategy” that halted the conflict. A new afterword by the author updates recent efforts to find the missing victims of Srebrenica and to apprehend and prosecute the executioners.The most comprehensive book to date on the subject, Endgame is a tale of cynical power politics in the post–Cold War era, a case study in genocide, and a disturbing testament to the power of propaganda and self-delusion.

30 review for Endgame: The Betrayal And Fall Of Srebrenica, Europe's Worst Massacre Since World War II

  1. 4 out of 5

    Murtaza

    This is an intense account of the worst genocide to occur in Europe since the Holocaust. David Rohde gives a blow-by-blow of how the massacre in Srebernica was carried out, as well as how it became possible in the first place. He is not overly gratuitous in his descriptions of the violence. What is gratuitous in this story though is the extent to which the United Nations not only failed, but actively facilitated the massacre. This is not hyperbole. The Dutch UN forces in Srebernica worked to hel This is an intense account of the worst genocide to occur in Europe since the Holocaust. David Rohde gives a blow-by-blow of how the massacre in Srebernica was carried out, as well as how it became possible in the first place. He is not overly gratuitous in his descriptions of the violence. What is gratuitous in this story though is the extent to which the United Nations not only failed, but actively facilitated the massacre. This is not hyperbole. The Dutch UN forces in Srebernica worked to help hand over the people under their protection to their executioners. They disarmed the local population in exchange for protecting them, but then lay down in the face of every Serb advance. In the end they stood by and watched the executions, rapes and torture take place, in some cases in and around their own base. The story recounted in this book is absolutely surreal. Professionally-trained Dutch soldiers acquiesced to day after day of humiliations by the Serbs they were supposedly there to confront, handing over their weapons and vehicles, cowering in fear and even accepting gifts and going out for drinks with the executioners after they'd come back from their murders. Several officials at UN headquarters in Zagreb, notably General Janvier and Akashi, played similarly abominable roles. Its not clear that the genocide would've even happened without the UN's presence, as no one would've made the mistake of counting on them for protection. Can Europe survive without the United States? This book really makes you question it. Through their timidity, moral drift and incompetence the European leaders, military officers and soldiers in this story managed to make a rednecked thug like Ratko Mladic look like some kind of world-destroying warlord. Given how it was rolled over and humiliated by murderous buffoons like Mladic and Radovan Karadzic, its not clear how Europe could stand up on its own to far more formidable people like Putin, Viktor Orban or any of the other ghouls that the world may well produce in the coming decades. This book was published in 1997. Its a nice postscript to note that in the end many of the big criminals did end up going to The Hague. This was again, however, due in large part to the will of the American special forces that actually pursued them. I still hope that Germany and France can create a European political and military infrastructure that is capable of standing on its own. Doing so will require some harsh internal reflection on how humiliating episodes like this became possible, which I actually don't think that the Americans, for all their faults, would have allowed to take place as it did.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Javier

    This is an incredible story of an atrocity I had known little about before. I'm glad to the author for having pursued and uncovered this genocidal massacre of Bosnian Muslim (Bosniak) men and boys by Serbian ultra-nationalists following the fall of the UN-designated "safe area" Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia (July 1995). The failures in the defense of Srebrenica were myriad and legion, from the limited rules of engagement with which the Dutch UN peacekeepers (more like, observers) faced when confr This is an incredible story of an atrocity I had known little about before. I'm glad to the author for having pursued and uncovered this genocidal massacre of Bosnian Muslim (Bosniak) men and boys by Serbian ultra-nationalists following the fall of the UN-designated "safe area" Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia (July 1995). The failures in the defense of Srebrenica were myriad and legion, from the limited rules of engagement with which the Dutch UN peacekeepers (more like, observers) faced when confronted with the Serb offensive to take the town, to the bureaucratic UN generals, who were more concerned with protecting the lives of UN peacekeepers/observers than the civilian population whose security had been entrusted to them. This was a further disaster that manifested itself in the pathetic lack of Close Air Support (CAS) provided to defend the enclave. The descriptions of the systematic executions of captive Bosniak males, and of the desperation, hunger, and agony of those men who attempted to escape Srebrenica by taking to the hills, despite the constant shelling and shooting which they confronted by Serbian forces, will be difficult to forget. Not that we ever should. The slogan of "Never Again" rings falsely through history: in Syria, several Srebrenicas have taken place in the past 7+ years, in Eastern Aleppo, Eastern Ghouta, Darayya, Madaya, Der'aa, and elsewhere. And, in both cases of Bosnia and Syria, many self-described "leftists" in the West have sided openly with Serbian ultra-nationalist executioners and the Assad Regime, backed up by Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah, in order to "virtue-signal" their rejection of supposed Western norms like human rights and international law, which (first of all) can't be reduced to being only Western, and more importantly, are meant to protect humanity, not the State or capital.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rahadyan

    CAVEAT: While I work for the same media organization as Rohde, I only know him slightly. It took me a long time to read t his book because I often had to put it down and take a break after reading about some of the barbarous things perpetrated by Serb forces against Muslims. It was comparable in hearing family stories about the depredations visited by the Japanese on Indonesians and Filipinos (I am half Indonesian and half Filipino) 65 years ago and on reading the narratives of Holocaust survivo CAVEAT: While I work for the same media organization as Rohde, I only know him slightly. It took me a long time to read t his book because I often had to put it down and take a break after reading about some of the barbarous things perpetrated by Serb forces against Muslims. It was comparable in hearing family stories about the depredations visited by the Japanese on Indonesians and Filipinos (I am half Indonesian and half Filipino) 65 years ago and on reading the narratives of Holocaust survivors. Nonetheless, I finished Endgame after a few weeks on and off. I think it an important witness and say again, that what reporters like Rohde and others are doing -- to illuminate the atrocities that evil men try to hide -- as the work of Allah or God or whatever Deity one chooses to worship. Highly recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I appreciate that David Rohde wrote a book about Bosnia, and not a book about David Rohde in Bosnia.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jonah

    One of the most powerful books I have ever read. Very saddening to see what happens to people just because of their religion, race, ethnicity, etc.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Really liked it, is slightly off. It's a book about a massacre. A readable book about a massacre, not too graphic but very important to read, especially considering the current play in the news. Really liked it, is slightly off. It's a book about a massacre. A readable book about a massacre, not too graphic but very important to read, especially considering the current play in the news.

  7. 4 out of 5

    helen ball

    this one hurt!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Fran Johnson

    This is an excellent book,not light reading but the true story of what happened to Bosnians, just over ten years ago, in the town of Screbrenica, Yugoslavia at the hands of the Serbs. While Dutch peacekeepers stood by, feeling unable to act, the men were separated from the women and children and executed. Rohde painstakingly researched this book and presents actions through the eyes of several of the survivors. This clearly shows the unclear morality issues that the Serbs, Bosnians, and the Dutc This is an excellent book,not light reading but the true story of what happened to Bosnians, just over ten years ago, in the town of Screbrenica, Yugoslavia at the hands of the Serbs. While Dutch peacekeepers stood by, feeling unable to act, the men were separated from the women and children and executed. Rohde painstakingly researched this book and presents actions through the eyes of several of the survivors. This clearly shows the unclear morality issues that the Serbs, Bosnians, and the Dutch faced. This is close to home for those who reside in the greater St. Louis area as St. Louis is home to more Bosnians than anywhere in the world other than Bosnia and it is also home to many of the survivors of this tragedy at Screbrenica. Most of the boys in our Bosnian Boy Scout troop in St. Louis lost their Fathers at Screbrenica. This is a difficult book to read but important. We often think that these horrors only happen in undeveloped countries but the Bosnians that perished here all had automobiles, jobs, good water, electricity,education, TV, a stable government, all the things that developed nations have.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amra Pajalic

    David Rohde presents a nuanced book charting the events that lead to the Srebrenica genocide in 1995, during the Balkan War. He extensively interviewed and researched the DutchBat soldiers who were expected to protect the enclave that was designated a safe zone, residents and survivors of the genocide, the Bosnian soldiers who were fighting to protect the enclave, and a Serb who was fighting against. He analysises the political landscape against which the war was happening and decisions were bei David Rohde presents a nuanced book charting the events that lead to the Srebrenica genocide in 1995, during the Balkan War. He extensively interviewed and researched the DutchBat soldiers who were expected to protect the enclave that was designated a safe zone, residents and survivors of the genocide, the Bosnian soldiers who were fighting to protect the enclave, and a Serb who was fighting against. He analysises the political landscape against which the war was happening and decisions were being made by the UN. The book is published in 1997 so there have been further developments in recoveries of the remains from mass graves, as well as trials against war criminals, but this is no way detracts from the relevance of this book. This is an excellent book that objectively shows the ineptitude and apathy that led to the genocide.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alexandar Ivanovski

    The issue of Srebrenica and the Yugoslav wars is often written with political, religious or social bias. Writings within that region fail to provide neutrality and often lead towards a corresponding side. David Rohde provides a reliable detail of all sides. His writings lean in favour of any side. Overall, deeply emotive book and I highly recommend it as a starting point for the atrocities that occurred during the Yugoslav war.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    Must reading for anyone honestly interested in what happened during the final final days of the war in Bosnia. There are few heroes and multiple examples of human error that led to the horror of Srebrenica.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Richard Maddox

    An important book on a tragedy that could have been prevented. This is required reading.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melina O.

    David Rhode writes an enthralling day by day account of the war between the Bosnian Muslims v the Serbs in the 90s. The tragic retelling of the fall of Srebenica is required reading for anyone interested in the Balkans. I was always interested in the Serbian/Bosnian conflict. I just could never grasp how 8100 men died and the world let it happen. The international community failed these Muslim men but I never understood how. Not that this was at all surprising, nationalism always breeds contempt. David Rhode writes an enthralling day by day account of the war between the Bosnian Muslims v the Serbs in the 90s. The tragic retelling of the fall of Srebenica is required reading for anyone interested in the Balkans. I was always interested in the Serbian/Bosnian conflict. I just could never grasp how 8100 men died and the world let it happen. The international community failed these Muslim men but I never understood how. Not that this was at all surprising, nationalism always breeds contempt. Unfortunately, I have come to learn that the most basic reason as to the deaths was the lack of policy making and agreement between the UN, The Dutch "peacekeepers" and the West on what to do in this country that had too many underlying racial contentions. So sad to think humanity always resorts to violence. Bloodlines and futures forever lost because they weren't born as a specific ethnicity or religion.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Matthew W

    Thought the book dragged on a bit. Probably could have been a solid 50 pages shorter, though I understand author probably wanted meticulous documentation of this atrocity. I disliked author’s bouncing around from character to character. This led to confusion as to which Bosnian Muslim he was writing about. I wish the author would have recounted his experience being arrested and held in captivity in this book. He should have been more concise up front and added personal experience at the end. Ple Thought the book dragged on a bit. Probably could have been a solid 50 pages shorter, though I understand author probably wanted meticulous documentation of this atrocity. I disliked author’s bouncing around from character to character. This led to confusion as to which Bosnian Muslim he was writing about. I wish the author would have recounted his experience being arrested and held in captivity in this book. He should have been more concise up front and added personal experience at the end. Plenty of useful information in here for those interested in Srebrenoca, and I admire Rohde’s courage to get after the story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    David Snashall

    An important book if you want to learn about this tragedy. It can sometimes be difficult to follow because it jumps from character to character and both the people names and place names make can be confusing.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Zubin Madon

    Interesting read. A good read. Insightful. Not many books on the subject. Very well documented. Would have liked some more political background on the Balkans.

  17. 5 out of 5

    KT

    A gripping and informative read on the Srebrenica genocide, full of first-hand accounts and explanations set against broader political context and history

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mac McCormick III

    "Easily the most difficult book I've read in a long time, not because it is poorly written but because of the subject matter." Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica, Europe's Worst Massacre Since World War II by David Rohde is about the fall of Srebrenica during the Bosnian wars of the mid 1990s and the genocide of Muslims that followed. I've only read two books that have disturbed me so much that I had to stop reading them and come back to them later. This was one of those books. Around h "Easily the most difficult book I've read in a long time, not because it is poorly written but because of the subject matter." Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica, Europe's Worst Massacre Since World War II by David Rohde is about the fall of Srebrenica during the Bosnian wars of the mid 1990s and the genocide of Muslims that followed. I've only read two books that have disturbed me so much that I had to stop reading them and come back to them later. This was one of those books. Around half way through, I was so angry that I had put aside for awhile because what I read and what I thought about what I read would ruin the rest of my day.It wasn't that the book was poorly written; it is well written, the problem is the subject matter. The subject matter is the death of thousands because of ineptitude and negligence. Author David Rohde makes no attempt to sugarcoat what occurred in and around Srebrenica. He doesn't just tell the reader what happened, he also explores how it happened and why it happened. It's isn't a simple narrative either, Rhode puts you behind the eyes of Muslims, Serbs, and Peacekeepers, telling the story from their perspective. You feel the fear and see the horror the Muslims experience. You get an idea of what made the Serbs tick and why they participated in atrocities. You feel the frustration of the Dutch peacekeepers as they try to do their job while outnumbered, outgunned, and at upper levels poorly led. This book is objective. Rhode doesn't paint the Muslims as completely innocent or the Serbs completely evil. He points out violations of agreements and corruption on the part of the Muslims. He explores the decision making of the peacekeepers and the UN and western leadership, pointing out mistakes and negligence while also defending when it is called for. To be honest, I don't know how my words can do this book justice, so I'll just describe how it left me when I was finished. It describes an episode in history in which there were no winners, only losers in painful, objective detail. It didn't take me long to realize that the "good guys" were impotent and that there would be no happy ending to the story. It made me rage, it made me cry tears of sorrow, and it made me ashamed of my country's part in the tragedy. After reading how it made me feel, you probably won't want to read this book, but I urge you to do it. It's something that many in this country don't know about and probably don't want to know about, but the lack of understanding and knowledge about what happened in the former Yugoslavia has a lot to do with where we find ourselves at now. If you're not familiar with what happened in the former Yugoslavia in the mid 1990s, I urge you to buy this book and learn how the United Nations and the West, including the United States failed the Bosnian Muslims. Despite how difficult it was read, it was at the same time hard to put down. This is one of the easiest five star ratings I've ever made.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ondrej Urban

    In line with my new year resolution to read more 'real life' books, especially examples of top-notch journalism, this book struck me not only as a great Pulitzer-winning example, but also a thing I might care for myself. Additionally, other reviews indicated this was a great read, albeit an intense one, as well as a story that the reader won't really enjoy. All of it is true, but nevertheless you should go and read this to see how power corrupts and arbitrary divisions can lead to unthinkable ev In line with my new year resolution to read more 'real life' books, especially examples of top-notch journalism, this book struck me not only as a great Pulitzer-winning example, but also a thing I might care for myself. Additionally, other reviews indicated this was a great read, albeit an intense one, as well as a story that the reader won't really enjoy. All of it is true, but nevertheless you should go and read this to see how power corrupts and arbitrary divisions can lead to unthinkable evil. Based on series of interviews, the narrative follows a set of different 'characters', real people who all - willingly or not - took part in the events. You are given a view from multiple angles, including the 'bad guys' one. You'll be pissed off about the powerlessness of the UN troops, cockiness of the Serbs and bending of the rules by the Muslims. Noone is really the good guy, except for the civilians who end up suffering the most. You'll get a glance into how cheap propaganda based on repeating bullshit leads people to abandon all humanity, how, much in the way of a frog being slowly boiled to death, it is possible to make people believe in painfully obvious lies, if served with enough bullshit beforehand. And you'll have a chance to see how the ways of a bully never really disappear, but get much worse, if you give the bully a more powerful tool. Endgame won't show you how to prevent genocide in the future, even though it offers hints. It will, on the other hand, make you think about how a combination of a series of stupid chances, bold arrogance and unfounded lies can lead to one of the most shameful examples of people against other people.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Timothy A Turner

    St. Louis, Missouri has over 70,000 Bosnian Muslims living in its city- the largest population of Bosnians both in the U.S. and outside of Europe. I remember meeting several Bosnians in early 2000 as an employee at a local mall and I remember too having went to school with a few guys at the University of Missouri here in St. Louis but I never really understood what they went through back home, why they came to the U.S., and how many came. A month ago I saw a write up in the local paper and decid St. Louis, Missouri has over 70,000 Bosnian Muslims living in its city- the largest population of Bosnians both in the U.S. and outside of Europe. I remember meeting several Bosnians in early 2000 as an employee at a local mall and I remember too having went to school with a few guys at the University of Missouri here in St. Louis but I never really understood what they went through back home, why they came to the U.S., and how many came. A month ago I saw a write up in the local paper and decided that I should know more about this piece of history and so set out to find a book. The book is a bit slow as it sets the scene but picks up about 150 pages in and the stories told are both vivid and tragic. The UN and its allies owe a great apology to the people of Srebrenica but all they can seem to do is point fingers and avoid blame. You'll leave this book saddened for the people of the former Yugoslavia as well as the UN Peacekeepers that were sent to do a job but then left to witness the atrocities that took place with little, arguable no, support from the governments that sent them there in the first place. You'll be ashamed if you live in a government that could have done but did little to stop the genocide that took place. It really is a tragic story; the cover photo speaks volumes.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marc Ballon

    "Endgame" is as good and powerful as any book I've ever read about war. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Rohde dissects the Serbs' massacre of 8,100 innocent Muslim men and boys in Srebenica with a novelist's eye for detail and a journalist's analysis and context. At times, I literally had to put this book down, because I felt so overwhelmed with emotion and disgust by the Serbs' cruelty, brutality and ruthlessness. I have read few books as thorough, fair-minded, engaging and edifying. I hi "Endgame" is as good and powerful as any book I've ever read about war. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Rohde dissects the Serbs' massacre of 8,100 innocent Muslim men and boys in Srebenica with a novelist's eye for detail and a journalist's analysis and context. At times, I literally had to put this book down, because I felt so overwhelmed with emotion and disgust by the Serbs' cruelty, brutality and ruthlessness. I have read few books as thorough, fair-minded, engaging and edifying. I highly recommend this to anybody interested in learning more about Europe's worst massacre since World War II and the utter impotence of the United Nations, NATO and the US, France, Britain and the Dutch in the face of naked aggression and repeated violations of international law and norms. The West's failure in Srebenica, I think, holds valuable lessons about how the US and its allies should respond to Vladimir Putin's land-grab in Ukraine: fight back and fight back hard. As we have seen in Srebenica, appeasing bullies, whether Serbs, Russians or North Koreans, only begets more aggression and increases the likelihood of a more dangerous and deadly confrontation down the line.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    This was a very well written book. I found the style and structure made it easier to follow what is a complex story. The author seems to have gone to great lengths to get all sides and experiences and verify them. There has not been much written for the average reader on the war in Bosnia. This book is only about Srebrincha however I can't help but feel that it is reflective of what was happening in all the Yugoslav countries at that time. In particular it reveals what the UN forces on the ground This was a very well written book. I found the style and structure made it easier to follow what is a complex story. The author seems to have gone to great lengths to get all sides and experiences and verify them. There has not been much written for the average reader on the war in Bosnia. This book is only about Srebrincha however I can't help but feel that it is reflective of what was happening in all the Yugoslav countries at that time. In particular it reveals what the UN forces on the ground were contending with and the unreasonable and restrictive rules imposed on them by the UN and politicians. No one comes out of this story well, let alone covered in glory. I highly recommend this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Reading Eichmann in Jerusalem reminded me of another compelling journalistic account of genocide that I actually did read when I was supposed to in Gary Bass's Human Rights class. End Game is a totally chilling account of the Bosnian Serb massacre of 8,000 Bosnian men and boys at Srebrenica. Rohde tells such a personal and compelling story that keeps you in suspense despite going into it with full knowledge of the unhappy. Despite growing up during the Bosnian war, I didn't really know anything a Reading Eichmann in Jerusalem reminded me of another compelling journalistic account of genocide that I actually did read when I was supposed to in Gary Bass's Human Rights class. End Game is a totally chilling account of the Bosnian Serb massacre of 8,000 Bosnian men and boys at Srebrenica. Rohde tells such a personal and compelling story that keeps you in suspense despite going into it with full knowledge of the unhappy. Despite growing up during the Bosnian war, I didn't really know anything about it until taking Bass's class. If you want to read one book that will teach you about the Bosnian war, this is a good one. You won't be able to put it down.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I read this in about the year 2000. I was shocked at how the Srebenica community split along gender lines. The men and boys went off by themselves and were massacred, while the women went to sit in a parking lot to await help from the UN. The women seemed to be a crowd of unrelated individuals, with no internal communal leadership. I am still shocked by the story, not only the atrocity of it, but the apparent illogical splitting of the community and the lack of purpose among the women. I want to I read this in about the year 2000. I was shocked at how the Srebenica community split along gender lines. The men and boys went off by themselves and were massacred, while the women went to sit in a parking lot to await help from the UN. The women seemed to be a crowd of unrelated individuals, with no internal communal leadership. I am still shocked by the story, not only the atrocity of it, but the apparent illogical splitting of the community and the lack of purpose among the women. I want to revisit it to try to understand the implications for Muslim community. My apologies to survivors who may be offended by my understanding so far.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen Floyd

    Well-researched and well-written. My only caveat is that a few of the "flashbacks" and "current" happenings are difficult to untangle. The hardest part for me to read, even harder than reading about the murders and atrocities themselves, was how thoroughly the UN, Europe and the United States failed the people of Bosnia. There were so many times when this could have been stopped but no one was willing to show any backbone. As Vice President Al Gore said at the time, "It goes to what kind of peopl Well-researched and well-written. My only caveat is that a few of the "flashbacks" and "current" happenings are difficult to untangle. The hardest part for me to read, even harder than reading about the murders and atrocities themselves, was how thoroughly the UN, Europe and the United States failed the people of Bosnia. There were so many times when this could have been stopped but no one was willing to show any backbone. As Vice President Al Gore said at the time, "It goes to what kind of people we are. Acquiescence is the worst alternative." I don't know that anyone acquiesced - exactly; but they certainly seemed willfully blind.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie Robinson

    This book is about Srebrenica and the genocide of the Muslims there. The Bosnian War was in the mid 1990s, and the genocide at Srebrenica was a direct result of that. This book was an honest account of the events that happened in Srebrenica, and it may not be for the faint of heart. It is truly despicable the way that human beings treat each other for things like ethnicity and religion. This is absolutely horrible. I had never heard about this event, and it was actually shelved in the Nazi Holoc This book is about Srebrenica and the genocide of the Muslims there. The Bosnian War was in the mid 1990s, and the genocide at Srebrenica was a direct result of that. This book was an honest account of the events that happened in Srebrenica, and it may not be for the faint of heart. It is truly despicable the way that human beings treat each other for things like ethnicity and religion. This is absolutely horrible. I had never heard about this event, and it was actually shelved in the Nazi Holocaust section at the used bookstore. I learned so much, and then learned some more after I searched the internet. I hope more people learn about this and learn from it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gwilym

    Pulitzer Prize winning account of the final days of the "safe area" in Srebrenica. An authoritive account told through the perspective of the impotent peacekeepers, the Muslim victims and finally those who would take up arms for genocide. Difficult to plough through at times due to the complex nature of the situation, moreso in understanding how 8,000 lives were sacrificed because of inefficient chains of command and bureacratic wrangling. A dark journey, essential reading for all those intereste Pulitzer Prize winning account of the final days of the "safe area" in Srebrenica. An authoritive account told through the perspective of the impotent peacekeepers, the Muslim victims and finally those who would take up arms for genocide. Difficult to plough through at times due to the complex nature of the situation, moreso in understanding how 8,000 lives were sacrificed because of inefficient chains of command and bureacratic wrangling. A dark journey, essential reading for all those interested in the Yugoslav conflict, modern history and international laws and morals.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kozba

    A disturbing account of the Srebrenica genocide that was carried out by Bosnian Serb soldiers,slaughtering 8000 Muslim male individuals in four days, after occupying the city in 1995 under the supervision of the helpless Dutch UNPROFOR, and the sickening passivity of UN and Western world leaders. Was it a conspiracy? No, It was pure negligence, with an international community at odds of what it should do, and a poorly armed UNPROFOR in a safe zone that is supposed to be a haven for war refugees. A disturbing account of the Srebrenica genocide that was carried out by Bosnian Serb soldiers,slaughtering 8000 Muslim male individuals in four days, after occupying the city in 1995 under the supervision of the helpless Dutch UNPROFOR, and the sickening passivity of UN and Western world leaders. Was it a conspiracy? No, It was pure negligence, with an international community at odds of what it should do, and a poorly armed UNPROFOR in a safe zone that is supposed to be a haven for war refugees...but instead became a slaughterhouse.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ashvinder Singh

    The biggest collective blunder of the UN and NATO resulted in the avoidable death of 8,100 people. The fall of Srebrenica could have been prevented. Rohde writes vividly about the key dates leading up to the fall of the city to the Serbs and the biggest massacre in Europe since WW2 (benefitting from his illegal foray into the war zone which subsequently lead to his capture). However, the story is a bit patchy at times with the many characters he interviews. Nonetheless, it is a timely reminder t The biggest collective blunder of the UN and NATO resulted in the avoidable death of 8,100 people. The fall of Srebrenica could have been prevented. Rohde writes vividly about the key dates leading up to the fall of the city to the Serbs and the biggest massacre in Europe since WW2 (benefitting from his illegal foray into the war zone which subsequently lead to his capture). However, the story is a bit patchy at times with the many characters he interviews. Nonetheless, it is a timely reminder that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. 4/5.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Florence

    The centuries old enmity between Muslims and Serbs in Bosnia was unleashed after the dissolution of Yugoslavia in the early nineties. What followed in Srebrenica and other places was hell's fury unleashed. The United Nations peacekeepers tried to prevent the massacre. Due to bureaucratic bungling and criminal negligence they failed and 7,079 were murdered in cold blood. The centuries old enmity between Muslims and Serbs in Bosnia was unleashed after the dissolution of Yugoslavia in the early nineties. What followed in Srebrenica and other places was hell's fury unleashed. The United Nations peacekeepers tried to prevent the massacre. Due to bureaucratic bungling and criminal negligence they failed and 7,079 were murdered in cold blood.

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