Cohen, like many Western analysts, observes that the clash between Muslim Bosnians, Catholic Croats, and Orthodox Serbs had been in the making for hundreds of years. But he locates the origins of the recent "collective madness"--as one Serbian leader called it--in World War II, when Croatia sided with the Nazis and when Serbia took the opportunity of the German invasion to settle old scores against Croats, Muslims, Jews, and Gypsies. Ordinary men and women of Yugoslavia committed extraordinary acts of inhumanity against one another during the war against Hitler. Post-Communist civil war gave them license to hate one another anew: when Serbia struck out at Bosnia and Croatia, all three nations fell into a frenzy of slaughter whose repercussions will be felt for generations to come. Hearts Grown Brutal is a somber, horrifying indictment of all involved that stands as an essential work of contemporary history. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Frankly, this book could only get a good review from someone completely uninformed on the area and topic (and that's a lot of people) or someone like Cohen pushing a political... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bodie Plecas
The book is a running stream of consciousness of the internal dialog of the author rather than an impartial telling of events. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Arturo del Swego
William Faulkner’s quote “The past is never dead. In fact, its not even past” applies even more so to what use to be Yugoslavia. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mike B
Very emotional stories of the challenges and historical problems in the border of Europe and Asia, Muslim, orthodox and Christian religions, the bloody carnage. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Gilberto Faiwichow
Books that delve into the Bosnian war are fairly hard to come by in my experience, but this one was very effective because the stories are personal and help explain how brutally... Read morePublished on March 13, 2012 by Mark R. Pankow
The author seems more interested in sharing his political judgments than he is in explaining what happened in the Balkans in the 1990s. What a waste.Published on November 1, 2011 by Loren K. Jost