Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Peter Maass went to the Balkans as a reporter at the height of the nightmarish war there, but this book is not traditional war reportage. Maass examines how an ordinary Serb could wake up one morning and shoot his neighbor, once a friend-then rape that neighbor's wife. He conveys the desperation that makes a Muslim beg the United States to bomb his own city in order to end the misery. And Maass does not falter at the spectacle of U.N. soldiers shining searchlights on fleeing refugees-who are promptly gunned down by snipers waiting in the darkness. Love Thy Neighbor gives us an unflinching vision of a late-twentieth-century hell that is also a scathing inquiry into the worst extremes of human nature. Like Michael Herr's Dispatches, it is an utterly gripping book that will move and instruct us for years to come.
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"Maass, a WASHINGTON POST correspondent, begins this examination of the war in Bosnia in a high state of moral outrage, and the intensity of his feelings only increases from there. Repelled by the atrocities he covers, he dissects the villainy of the Serbian leaders but also the complicity of Western leaders, who stood by while hundreds of thousands were killed, raped and otherwise brutalized. This is no middle-of-the-road account of a conflict between enemies equally at fault. Maass likens the Serbian leadership to the Nazis and condemns them for a bloodthirstiness not seen in Europe in fifty years. Guidall proves equal to the task, and it is no easy one. He conveys the deeply felt despair, horror and bitterness that infuse Maass's account of this terrible conflict. M.O. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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