William H. McNeill is the Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of History and the College at the University of Chicago. In 2009 he was awarded the National Humanities Medal for his work as a teacher, scholar, and author. His many books include The Pursuit of Power, The Rise of the West, and Mythistory and Other Essays, all published by the University of Chicago Press.
All around, this was an enjoyable and enlightening read, and I highly recommend it.
Not only does it help us understand the history of Bosnia, but --because it's a great literary work-- it provides us with insights into the human condition.
Andric really had a talent worthy of the 1961 Nobel Prize for Literature, which he won for this book.
Very disappointing book. It accurately portrays the tensions in Bosnia under ruthless and cruel Turkish rule and thereafter under the brief rule of Austria-Hungary. Read morePublished 1 month ago by N. Ravitch
Couldn't get past the first twenty pages. Very dense, episodic, history in novel form when I would rather just read history.Published 1 month ago by Savannah Nan
Only book I've ever read where there is no character to whom to become attached. It's a classic dramatizing how hatred and revenge emerge among tribes. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joan Minninger, Ph.D. co-author, The Father/Daughter DanceA critical reader
Very poignant story giving insight into the incredibly diverse populations in the Balkans. It won the Pulitzer in the fifties. A classic.Published 3 months ago by Linda Carter
My knowledge of Ivo Andriæ and Balkan history were almost non-existent when I first picked this book up, and it was with the hope of learning more about this historically important... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bryan Byrd
The topic, the story of a bridge in the Balkans, would not have caught my eye. However, it is required for a class, and I find it amazingly beautiful. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Adelaide
Beautifully written book. The story takes place in the former Yugoslavia, but it could have occurred anywhere. Timeless truths.
This was class required reading for my Eastern European class so clearly, I did not have much expectations for it. I ended up really, trully loving it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by TheSkepticalReader
Beautifully written but gruesome descriptions, e.g., of an impalement, made it tough to finish. Like Cotezee: writes so well about tough subject matter and difficult times that it... Read morePublished 14 months ago by a Political Scientist