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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.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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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
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press (June 12, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0773522166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773522169
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,905,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you want some insight into the psyche of that pugnacious and obnoxious defendent at the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia, this is the book to read. Slavoljub Djukic, a respected Serbian journalist, has been following the career of Slobodan Milosevic (as well as his wife Mirjana Markovic) since the rise of this dull communist functionary to national prominence in the late 1980s. Djukic researched his subject meticulously, and made good use of his many contacts in Serbian/Yugoslav political and media circles, to say nothing of his keen powers of observation over the last 10+ years. There are vivid descriptions of the personalities of both Milosevic and Markovic, whose influence on her husband was/is legendary. Djukic also provides a wealth of information on many other important figures in Serbian politics over the course of the last decade, from Milosevic's many accomplices and yes-men to opposition leaders. Another valuable, but more indirect, aspect of this book is that it provides some insight into the views of moderate Serb nationalists (like Djukic) who greatly opposed Milosevic's regime. This is essential reading for a better understanding of Serbian politics and recent Serbian history - although I suspect a new, updated edition is in the works given Milosevic's imprisonment and subsequent, very recent extradition to the Hague.
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The shipping was excellent. Everything done properly, book came in excellent shape.

The book is a disaster, however, filled with inaccuracies and misrepresentations. Its pretense to be the only treatment of Milosevic and Markovic as a pair is a stretch. This is in fact a common insight, pretty much universal--the Milosevics as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The book does provide some interesting anecdotal material; it also provides a glimpse into some Serbian nationalist postures of opposition to Milosevic. But it will mislead uninformed readers. It is so full of , obfuscation and denial of Serbian nationalist crimes and responsiblity for the conflicts in Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosovo/Kosova that it cannot be read with any confidence. It is not a balanced work of journalism or history. The biographies by Louis Sell and Lenard J. Cohen are the ones to read.
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Format: Hardcover
Moderate Serb nationalism is the consolation prize one expects when looking for dissent from that camp. When a Serb author shows a willingness to be the first to stop making excuses and to disavow fully genocidal Serb nationalism (what a hard thing to do!) that we will have a book worth reading. This isn't it.
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Even though I read this book a long time ago, I remember it as the first that managed to open up the world of a couple that ruled Serbia for over a decade and brought so much grief and suffering to all the nations of former Yugoslavia, Serbs included. Pieced together as a series of articles, which is not surprising given that the author is a pivotal figure in Serbian journalism, the book is a valuable testimony to the borderline madness of any rule, especially a despotic one. Note: some preliminary knowledge on Serbia in the 90s is recommended, though not required.
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