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The 1st authoritative biography of Slobodan Milosevic, the only head of state to be tried for genocide. Milosevic, a man the world hoped it would never see again, is currently on trial at the Internat'l Criminal Tribunal in The Hague for crimes against humanity. This engrossing biography documents the life of the former Serbian leader, whose policies instigated wars in Slo The 1st authoritative biography of Slobodan Milosevic, the only head of state to be tried for genocide. Milosevic, a man the world hoped it would never see again, is currently on trial at the Internat'l Criminal Tribunal in The Hague for crimes against humanity. This engrossing biography documents the life of the former Serbian leader, whose policies instigated wars in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Kosovo as well as the bloody campaigns of ethnic cleansing that destroyed a once sophisticated multinational country. Drawing on his unrivalled access to many of those closest to Milosevic, author-journalist Adam LeBor describes his subject's unhappy childhood, his marriage & his important friendships. He offers details about the ascendancy of crime over politics in the new republic & the secret channels used by Milosevic & Croatian President Franjo Tudjman as they conspired to carve up Bosnia. LeBor recounts the history of the negotiations between Milosevic & the Western diplomats, politicians & businessmen with whom he dealt, & tells the tragic story of the wars. Finally he portrays the unprecedented internat'l operation that brought down the Milosevic regime in 2001 & led to his trial at the Internat'l Criminal Tribunal in The Hague. A gripping account of Europe's 1st rogue leader in the post-cold war period, this book is also a revelatory look at the tragic story of the collapse of a country & the role played by the West.


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The 1st authoritative biography of Slobodan Milosevic, the only head of state to be tried for genocide. Milosevic, a man the world hoped it would never see again, is currently on trial at the Internat'l Criminal Tribunal in The Hague for crimes against humanity. This engrossing biography documents the life of the former Serbian leader, whose policies instigated wars in Slo The 1st authoritative biography of Slobodan Milosevic, the only head of state to be tried for genocide. Milosevic, a man the world hoped it would never see again, is currently on trial at the Internat'l Criminal Tribunal in The Hague for crimes against humanity. This engrossing biography documents the life of the former Serbian leader, whose policies instigated wars in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Kosovo as well as the bloody campaigns of ethnic cleansing that destroyed a once sophisticated multinational country. Drawing on his unrivalled access to many of those closest to Milosevic, author-journalist Adam LeBor describes his subject's unhappy childhood, his marriage & his important friendships. He offers details about the ascendancy of crime over politics in the new republic & the secret channels used by Milosevic & Croatian President Franjo Tudjman as they conspired to carve up Bosnia. LeBor recounts the history of the negotiations between Milosevic & the Western diplomats, politicians & businessmen with whom he dealt, & tells the tragic story of the wars. Finally he portrays the unprecedented internat'l operation that brought down the Milosevic regime in 2001 & led to his trial at the Internat'l Criminal Tribunal in The Hague. A gripping account of Europe's 1st rogue leader in the post-cold war period, this book is also a revelatory look at the tragic story of the collapse of a country & the role played by the West.

30 review for Milosevic: A Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mikey B.

    We are given a vivid and grim portrayal of the Yugoslav-Serbian dictator. From this book it is quite clear that it is Milosevic who drove Yugoslavia to self-destruction in the name of Serbian nationalism. Without Milosevic, Yugoslavia may not have disintegrated or the partitioning may have been more peaceful. The author also provides us with details of how the Serbian state in Belgrade became increasingly dysfunctional and corrupt – with several mafia-style killings of government and police leade We are given a vivid and grim portrayal of the Yugoslav-Serbian dictator. From this book it is quite clear that it is Milosevic who drove Yugoslavia to self-destruction in the name of Serbian nationalism. Without Milosevic, Yugoslavia may not have disintegrated or the partitioning may have been more peaceful. The author also provides us with details of how the Serbian state in Belgrade became increasingly dysfunctional and corrupt – with several mafia-style killings of government and police leaders. We are also given a view of the personal life of Milosevic; his wife, Mira, exerted a strong influence on the political outlook and the decision making processes of her husband. During the 1990’s they both became increasing deluded and unwilling to recognise the violence and racism spawned by their actions in Croatia, Bosnia and then Kosovo. They initiated territorial acquisitions to spread the Serbian state that led to violent wars and hatreds they were unwilling to control. They failed to constrain any of these incursions. As the Western powers eventually found out to their detriment, a Milosevic promise or agreement was merely words. Mr. LeBor gives us a good historical background of the tragic events that occurred in Yugoslavia. We witness the gradual rise of Milosevic to power – he carefully analyzed the bureaucracy of his place of work – whether it was a bank, a company or the government. He knew well how to manoeuvre himself into a position of power. We are never sure with Milosevic what the priority was: Serbian nationalism or the lust for power. In the end, his juggling act was a resounding failure and the scars of war will remain for a long time to come.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nadja T

    Very useful for my research on Milosevic, offers a wide range of resources and many primary interviews conducted by LeBor. All in all very well done!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Erik Graff

    I have several connections to the former Yugoslavia. The first, in high school, was ideological. Yugoslavia and the non-aligned movement it helped to create seemed to offer an alterantive to the warring superpowers. Djilas, author and former vice president of the republic, was a respected intellectual and the country's experiments with worker self-management, just the very idea of such a thing, were followed with interest and not a little adolescent credulity. The second was that my younger brot I have several connections to the former Yugoslavia. The first, in high school, was ideological. Yugoslavia and the non-aligned movement it helped to create seemed to offer an alterantive to the warring superpowers. Djilas, author and former vice president of the republic, was a respected intellectual and the country's experiments with worker self-management, just the very idea of such a thing, were followed with interest and not a little adolescent credulity. The second was that my younger brother, Fin Einar, married a girl whose parents had come from there. The third was that some of our relatives in Norway, including my mother, were accustomed to vacation on the Dalmatian coast. The fourth was that I befriended a woman from Sarajevo, becoming acquainted with a whole host of persons from the former Yugoslavia, many of them political refugees from Bosnia admitted under the Clinton administration. These connections did not dispose me favorably towards Slobodan Milosevic, but I did want to know more about him and so read this and another biography of the man, both of which did nothing to moderate my initial prejudice.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Beverley

    Extraordinary. Riveting. A tale of how lies and propaganda Move people towards violence and war.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

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    Philip Farrell

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    Ina Cawl

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stefan Hedmark

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    Aldina Muslija

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    Interzone

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joshua S.

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    Dobromir Dontchev

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    Dimitar Atanasov

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    Christian

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    Mac Kie

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    Martin Whitington

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    Madelene

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    Inge

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    Matt Emmens

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Christolis

  23. 5 out of 5

    한 카트

    A riveting 500 page crash course on the Yugoslav wars, and how nationalism drivel and media propaganda helped Milosevic' (and many others, now either convicted or dead) egomaniac lust for power, and heightened the sense of victimhood of different groups of people... driving them to unspeakable acts of violence and cruelty. A riveting 500 page crash course on the Yugoslav wars, and how nationalism drivel and media propaganda helped Milosevic' (and many others, now either convicted or dead) egomaniac lust for power, and heightened the sense of victimhood of different groups of people... driving them to unspeakable acts of violence and cruelty.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tim Van Seters

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    Emil Nielsen

  26. 4 out of 5

    Megan

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    Dusan Dobrilovic

  28. 4 out of 5

    Renee

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bob Vangeel

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hans

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