In a bold, contentious move by Clinton's first administration, a peace delegation was sent to Bosnia to secure an accord at any cost. A vocal proponent of this was Richard Holbrooke, then assistant secretary of state, who believed in hawkish diplomacy and a willingness to impose the moral will of America, if necessary. Holbrooke's belligerent pursuit of peace can be attributed in part to the tragedy of losing three of his team on the way through Sarajevo, making his quest for peace purposeful and passionate. In To End a War, an honest assessment and account of the events that followed, Holbrooke walks us through the complexities of the Dayton Accord from the perspective of the politicians and military men involved. It provides a fascinating insight into modern political diplomacy and the role of America in the international arena.
Without being a crusader, Holbrooke stresses throughout the need for responsible public service, subtly attacking some modern-day diplomats who use their positions irresponsibly. Ultimately he concludes that this peace process demonstrates the need for countries of power, such as the U.S., to take their of leadership roles seriously. To End a War is the definitive account of the peace process in the former Yugoslavia, important to anyone who wishes to understand the conflict in its entirety. --Jeremy Storey --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Richard Holbrooke was my hero. Not just for his efforts in the Balkan region but his service to this country. Read morePublished 11 months ago by sbrown
Years later, long after the bullets had stopped slicing down Snipers' Alley, and long after most of the protagonists in this book had passed on, this remains a seminal book on the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Rico
...you should get familiar with the big picture context of the Bosnian war. 'Death of Yugoslavia' is an excellent 6 part documentary by the BBC. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lucas
I found this book a fascinating read and hard to put down at times despite it's many flaws. Holbrooke gives a good detailed description of what went on behind the scenes before and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kandit
I read this one for class and I am a huge history buff in the first place so I was excited. Knowing what I knew already about the war and the efforts that were going on I was... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amanda
Whether you liked Richard Holbrooke or not (and he had many enemies), this is one of the best books about the final days of the Third Balkans War and the negotiations leading to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ed G
This is a very readable account of the negotiations for peace in Bosnia. I couldn't believe the effort the Americans put into getting different sides to talk to each other. Read morePublished on March 26, 2012 by Devoted yogi
An important book. I have no problem with Holbrooke's big ego and really admire the guy. Loved the book when I first read it and it is clear that this book as become, for many, the... Read morePublished on December 14, 2010 by M. Bruner
- detailed, day-to-day description of activites in preparation for Dayton and its implementation;
- thorough analysis of the US posture on Bosnia,... Read more