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Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West

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In a shocking and deeply disturbing tour de force, David Rieff, reporting from the Bosnia war zone and from Western capitals and United Nations headquarters, indicts the West and the United Nations for standing by and doing nothing to stop the genocide of the Bosnian Muslims. Slaughterhouse is the definitive explanation of a war that will be remembered as the greatest fail ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 8th 1996 by Touchstone (first published March 1st 1995)
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Beau
Apr 16, 2016 Beau rated it it was amazing
A difficult, but working balance between different ethnic groups existed in Yugoslavia for several decades after WWII. That balance was destroyed in the early 1990's by corrupt leadership, greed, lust for power, and the reluctance to intervene by those with the means to stop the violence. Rieff's writes with the energy of his journalistic roots, but is purposefully incendiary--clearly taking a moral stance in his portrayal of the conflict in which "white" Europeans descended again into the hell ...more
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Feb 21, 2011 Morgan rated it really liked it
I'm only on page 45, and I'm blown away by his honest and to-the-point indictment of the West's failure to stop the massacre in Bosnia. I'm glad I read Ed Vulliamy's "Season of Hell" first, which explains the history of the region and the actual events in detail.

"Knowledge, in any case, is not power. If the fall of Yugoslavia, televised down to the lat detail, teaches anything, it is that simple fact."

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May 25, 2009 Rachel D rated it it was ok
I didn't like this book very much. The writing was very repetitive and often hard to follow; the arguments were unclear. If there was a logic to how the book was organized, I didn't see it. There wasn't much analysis, just a lot of description. Lots of "how" but little on "why". Did he really need 200+ pages to tell us all the different ways in which the UN failed Bosnia?
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David Rieff is an American polemicist and pundit. His books have focused on issues of immigration, international conflict, and humanitarianism.
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