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Under the Blue Flag: My Mission in Kosovo

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Seeking to escape the monotony he had come to endure in his job as assistant District Attorney in San Francisco, Philip Kearney needed a change. His solution came one day in a casual email from a friend: "U.N. has opening here for an international prosecutor doing war crimes stuff. You should apply, gotta go."

"Here" meant Pristina, Kosovo. And "stuff" - Kearney soon finds
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Phoenix Books (first published February 1st 2009)
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Bob H
Dec 04, 2014 Bob H rated it it was amazing
Shelves: law-history
"The feeling of distance from my old life grew stronger as I met up with friends during my few days at home. They all wanted to know how Kosovo was, but I found it almost impossible to tell them. Even the simplest anecdote required so much background information to make any sense that I preferred not even to begin. I had been living in another universe."

And so, it needed a book-length telling. Here it is. To those who have studied international law and war crimes law, this book will be an anythi
Dec 18, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fic
Picked up on a whim, I initially thought getting through this one would be like taking medicine. Good for you, but not pleasant. Because I know a few Macedonians I felt a need to understand where they were coming from as there opinions (about Albanians) are so strong, deep, and negative. My eyes are now more open thanks to the straight forward reporting of Philip Kearney, an American attorney who spent nearly a year trying to bring some kind of justice to the Albanian and Serbian people of Kosov ...more
Jan 25, 2011 Colleen rated it really liked it
Though I haven't been to Kosovo, I did spend two years living in Bosnia which struggled with many of the same challenges in the aftermath of the breakup of Yugoslavia. Kearney does a good job of framing an incredibly complicated set of issues in order to make them palatable to readers unfamiliar with the complexities of war crimes tribunals. His picture of working for the UN as an American rings true and provides an excellent introduction into that lifestyle. Though I would have preferred more f ...more
Adam Paradowski
Feb 11, 2013 Adam Paradowski rated it liked it
A good read. Once I got started it was hard to put down. Got a bit tired of the author continually commenting how odd it must be to everyone to see an American working for the UN.
Jan 09, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it
An easy and interesting read, I found Mr. Kearney's sphere of the Kosovo conflict to be very interested and also quite balanced. A great read.
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