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Fools Rush In: A True Story of Love, War, and Redemption by [Carter, Bill]
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"This lively book is like Good Morning, Vietnam crossed with a Conrad novel." The London Times.
"Few writers have traveled a more remarkable path than fisherman-humanitarian-filmmaker author Bill Carter." David Swanson, Rolling Stone


"Dante’s Inferno for the MTV generation. What a guide Bill Carter turns out to be to the hell of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War. Oddly, and insipiringly, he finds some heaven there."  —Bono, lead singer, U2

"After reading Fools Rush In, you may find yourselves giving much greater consideration to what in life is important and what is merely trivial."  ––Jon Krakauer, author, Into the Wild and Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman


"A totally admirable book, the memoir of a young man written out of necessity, the only true reason to write a book . . . its consciousness will become part of your life."  —Jim Harrison, author, Legends of the Fall and True North


"I can't claim to know what life is about but I know if my life does not entail helping other people, then it is not much of a life at all. I keep a copy of this book near at hand for those moments when I seem to forget who I am. And it helps, every time."  —Charles Bowden, author, Down by the River

About the Author

Bill Carter is a former commercial fisherman and an award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer. He is the author of Red Summer: The Danger and Madness of Commercial Salmon Fishing in Alaska. He has written for Men's Journal, Outside, Rolling Stone, and Spin. His documentary film, Miss Sarajevo, was awarded the International Monitor Award, the Golden Hugo Award, and the Maverick Director Award. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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  • File Size: 1116 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Schaffner Press, Inc.; 2 edition (April 7, 2010)
  • Publication Date: April 7, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I6DDE2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,707 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is my third Bill Carter book, each of which has brought entertainment and enlightenment. Coming to the end of this epic tale...I haven't finished because, well, I don't want to finish. From the personalities, situation and geographic location, 50 pages left and I don't know what I'll do when I'm done. I think I have lost 10lbs reading it; I'm anxious, excited, depressed, cleansed of guilt yet even more guilty, my teeth ache, I feel as if I've aged from the combination of adrenalin and alcohol, yet relieved because my own personal life path of grief that has found some clarity through Bill's eyes and his words in this book. Bono got the quote right...but this story doesn't end with the MTV generation....it will mean even more to generation i(mage) as they search for their soul at the death of the selfie!
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One of the best books I've read in the past few years and possibly the best non-fiction book I've ever read. I'm rarely held captive by non-fiction they way I am by fiction, but this story held me entranced from the first page to the last.

A soul bearing personal memoir woven through a gripping, tear jerking, wartime story that leaves you feeling like you owe the author a deeply personal letter because you now stand on uneven footing. Carter's account of war torn Sarajevo is honest and profound, and his own personal battle with grief, love, and hope is so open you'll want to buy him a drink afterwards.

I recommend this book to everyone over the age of 13. Even if (like me) you don't normally read non-fiction, or stories about war. Ultimately, this is a story about hope. And humans everywhere will appreciate the message.
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By Amateur Hour on November 26, 2011
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"Fools Rush In" is the story of a city as its main character, much like Baltimore is the true star of HBO's "The Wire." Sarevejo is the majority-muslim city of Bosnia that was under siege during the civil war that engulfed the old Yugoslavia in the '90's. At the time the story takes place, the city has been surrounded by the Serbian army, the UN is in the area "monitoring the situation," and thousands of civilians have been slaughtered.

Bill Carter is a wounded man. Broken and damaged from the death of his fiance, he goes to Bosnia to feel again. It is quickly obvious to him that the UN and other peace-keeping forces are doing little other than counting the growing number of casualties, and he stumbles upon a shoe-string charity group that delivers food beyond the frontlines of the war. The group is made up of other men who came together looking for some kind of purpose. They found it amidst the blood and ruin of Bosnia-Herzogovina.

While the rest of the group moves in and out of Sarajevo, often leaving for months to gather food and deliver in other areas, Carter cannot leave. He finds his purpose living amongst a war-ravaged people, sprinting across sniper alley, sharing the dwindling food of the city, living and learning with the patriots, the artists, the families, the hipsters and the poets who loved their city too much to leave when they had the chance. At one point, he realizes why he couldn't leave:

"Yet there would be turning back. Not now. Not after meeting the people I had met and seeing what I had seen. It would be like hearing a woman scream rape and going for a drink just to get out of earshot. No, it was too late for people like Graeme and me, suckers who believe that if we give a little more it will turn around for the better.
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I came across Fools Rush In several years ago in my early 20s and decided to give it a try. Wow!! I could not put it down and fell in love with all of the characters in the book. I had never read such a moving and touching story and was immediately impacted by what I had read. Bill is a wonderful author and paints a realistic and jarring picture of the culture and citizens of Sarajevo in the 90s.

While reading the book, you are drawn to the people that were living through a traumatic war and in such a difficult climate while discovering their ability to maintain their dignity, positive attitude and values. Bill is incredibly courageous and his personal story of contribution and relationship with the people of Sarajevo is extremely inspirational and moving.

Fools Rush In is a story that has stuck with me over the years and one that I am always excited to discuss with others. I have given this book as a gift to several book lovers, all of which very much enjoyed it and were inspired by Bill's story. I have chosen it for several book clubs and it always sparks a great discussion. It is also very moving to read Fools Rush In and then watch the film documenting Bill's experience, Miss Sarajevo. Being able to see the people in the book on film was very impactful for me. Fools Rush In documents an extremely important part of history and I am grateful that Bill was able to share the story.
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By A&T on January 31, 2014
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I didn't think I would like this book, as it was a recommendation from my husband. But it had such history in it and was beautifully written that I couldn't put it down. Loved this book and would recommend it to anyone!
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By holly on September 21, 2013
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I am the wife of a Bosnian man. He and our children all have American and Bosnian citizenship. As an American, it was hard for me to understand this terrible war. I have many wonderful Bosnian people in my life. It pained me to know that they suffered and I did not know why. My husband and his family have fried explaining. I could see that it was as painful as it is complicated. I have been researching mostly on my own as I do not wish to disturb the peace my friends and family seem to have found. I have been on a quest for about 10 years.
Reading Bill Carter's account had me nodding in agreement, laughing out loud and at times in tears at the beauty of these people. After reading "Fools Rush In," I have an almost complete understanding of why such terrible events happened to very good people.
I am so happy to have what I consider the best account that I have ever read about the Siege of Sarajevo.
I shall hang on to it for posterity. I am grateful as I now feel better prepared to answer the probable questions that my children will have as they get older. Mr. Carter's book also serves as a testament to what actually happened.
I will use his book to counter those that will say that these events were exaggerated and never happened.
I am certain that we will return to Sarajevo one day. I am excited to meet family and friends with a clearer understanding of the tragic events that tore a country and even our family apart.
Hvala!
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