- Paperback: 307 pages
- Publisher: Picador; Reprint edition (1 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312424930
- ISBN-13: 978-0312424930
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.6 x 21.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 318 g
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Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History Paperback – 1 May 2010
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"In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. That November, while the world danced in the rubble of the wall, a journalist named Robert Kaplan was in Kosovo watching a riot between ethnic Serbs and Albanians. The future, Kaplan wrote, was not in a reuniting Germany but in a fragmenting Yugoslavia. In Yugoslavia, Kaplan saw the impending collapse of nation states and the rise of a Hobbesian jungle of gang wars, tribal slaughter, and ideological jihads. Kaplan, of course, was right."---Porter J. Goss, Director of Central Intelligence
From the assassination that triggered World War I to the ethnic warfare in Serbia, Bosnia, and Croatia, the Balkans have been the crucible of the twentieth century, the place where terrorism and genocide first became tools of policy. Chosen as one of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times, and greeted with critical acclaim as "the most insightful and timely work on the Balkans to date" (The Boston Globe), Kaplan's prescient, enthralling, and often chilling political travelogue is already a modern classic.
This new edition includes six opinion pieces written by Robert Kaplan about the Balkans between l996 and 2000, beginning just after the implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords and ending after the conclusion of the Kosovo war, with the removal of Slobodan Milosevic from power.
Robert D. Kaplan, a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, is the author of ten books on travel and foreign affairs translated into many languages. They included Eastward to Tartary: Travels in the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Caucasus, a sequel to Balkan Ghosts.
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There were several other books on Kaplan’s mind as he wrote this book including Dame Rebecca West’s masterful “Black Lamb, Grey Falcon.” Kaplan falls short of writing the magnum opus that West did but this book is a worthy sequel. The writing is vivid and memorable. Kaplan is very skilled at boiling down often obscure but important history into a few paragraphs which helps readers who aren’t familiar with the region. It’s a fascinating book and an important one. Highly recommended.