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.
This is a very well written book about the region known as the Balkans.
Robert Kaplan's Balkan Ghosts is more than a travel book for most of his experiences in the Balkan's were far from tourism.
I think this book can be very useful for Chetnisks or Ustasha for legitimize their last Cruelty in Balkans.
Wonderful book, a good primer on the Balkans. Kaplan's writing is clear and gripping.Published 23 days ago by AH
I'll admit that I approached this book with considerable trepidation, given the number of negative reviews I found on this site. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lawrence Rumble
Wonderful prose. Fascinating travel story - both in the time (right after the end of the Cold War) and back in time (history and culture).Published 2 months ago by Nancy G
Great book. Portrays that part of the world as a microcosm of the rest of the planet. In the west during my lifetime, we've been blessed enough so we can afford to be nice. Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. Walsh