This enthralling and often chilling political travelogue fully deciphers the Balkans' ancient passions and intractable hatreds for outsiders. For as Kaplan travels among the vibrantly-adorned churches and soul-destroying slums of the former Yugoslavia, Albania, Romania, Bulgaria, and Greece, he allows us to see the region's history as a time warp in which Slobodan Milosevic becomes the reincarnation of a fourteenth-century Serbian martyr; Nicolae Ceaucescu is called "Drac," or "the Devil"; and the one-time Soviet Union turns out to be a continuation of the Ottoman Empire. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Start with this one then Winchester then Rebecca west. Then plan a trip to retrace the steps of any one of them.Published 1 month ago by Randall K. Curtis
My takeaway from the book is that the Balkans are an unpleasant place full of hatreds and pathologies that go back hundreds of years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dean Mixon
It was a good and clear historical-novel. It held together in its plot and kept my interest.Published 2 months ago by ArdenHefren
Amazing and fantastically relevant book. Kaplan foresaw the Balkan wars of the 1990's when no one else did. It became popular when someone photographed Pres. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Charlie B Vermont
Thus book was like taking a history class. Very well written so that for me it was a page-Turner. Great vocabulary too!Published 6 months ago by Mary Anne Davis
Second best book on the Balkans if your are interested in the mystical and murderous history of the region. Read morePublished 6 months ago by H. Stegall
I read this book in 2015, 25 years removed from the complex events described so well in the book. Twenty five years before 1990 would be 1965 when most of the pivotal events in... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Karl V. Stein