Under the Blue Flag: My Mission in Kosovo
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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...more
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Phoenix Books (first published February 1st 2009)
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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
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
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.
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