From Publishers Weekly
Milosevic and Markovic: A Lust for Power, a very timely biography of the despotic duo, comes from Yugoslavian journalist Slavoljub Djukic (He, She, and Us); who for 12 years, since leaving the Serbian press, he has studied the "second-rate politician"-turned-potentate. Djukic follows Milosevic from his childhood and adolescence through his toeing-the-line early administrative career and immediate co-dependence with Mirjana Markovic, his ascendance up the Communist Party ladder, his dictatorship and a milestone of his fall, October 7, 2000 (the 1999 Serbian edition has been updated for the English). Peppered with damning testimonies of both, this impassioned, well-wrought portrait deftly evinces Yugoslav outrage and bereavement. Trans. by Alex Dubinsky.
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From Library Journal
Djukic, a Serbian journalist victimized by the Milosevic regime, here assesses his subject's political career. Although the book is similar in scope to Dusko Doder and Louise Branson's Milosevic: Portrait of a Tyrant (LJ 1/00), Djukic adds important details about the "kleptocracy" that governed Yugoslavia, Milosevic's relations with the Bosnian Serb leadership, and the political destruction of his opponents. Mirjana Markovic emerges as an utterly bizarre yet consistently influential figure in her husband's rise to power. The author is at his best in explaining the catastrophic impact of Milosevic's decisions on Serbia, as well as the West's biased neglect of Serbian civil rights in Kosovo. He is much less convincing in explaining Milosevic's electoral popularity as a consequence of Serbian "gullibility." Also, the book lacks a satisfactory conclusion. Despite these drawbacks, Djukic offers a solid account. Recommended for larger academic and public libraries. Zachary T. Irwin, Pennsylvania State Univ., Erie
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