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Endgame: The Betrayal And Fall Of Srebrenica, Europe's Worst Massacre Since World War II

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In 1993, the UN Security Council officially made Srebrenica the world’s first UN-protected civilian safe area and stripped the town’s Muslim defenders of their tanks and artillery. Two years later, Srebrenica fell after UN commanders turned down repeated requests for NATO air strikes to halt attacking Bosnian Serbs. As many as 7,000 Muslim men perished in mass executions o ...more
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Published November 5th 1998 by Basic Books (first published 1997)
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Rahadyan
Jul 26, 2014 Rahadyan rated it it was amazing
CAVEAT: While I work for the same media organization as Rohde, I only know him slightly. It took me a long time to read t his book because I often had to put it down and take a break after reading about some of the barbarous things perpetrated by Serb forces against Muslims. It was comparable in hearing family stories about the depredations visited by the Japanese on Indonesians and Filipinos (I am half Indonesian and half Filipino) 65 years ago and on reading the narratives of Holocaust survivo ...more
JQAdams
Jan 08, 2015 JQAdams rated it it was amazing
It's definitely hard to read, since you know foreboding what's coming at the end. And it would have been interesting to get a perspective from a Serb character, even if there's obviously no obligation for equal time here. But as a chance to examine what one might do and all the ways human processes can go wrong -- watching the dysfunction of the UN command process, the haplessness of the Dutch, the complacency of citizens in the midst of war -- Srebrenica is a pretty powerful exemplar. Some of R ...more
Frances Johnson
Jun 09, 2012 Frances Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book,not light reading but the true story of what happened to Bosnians, just over ten years ago, in the town of Screbrenica, Yugoslavia at the hands of the Serbs. While Dutch peacekeepers stood by, feeling unable to act, the men were separated from the women and children and executed. Rohde painstakingly researched this book and presents actions through the eyes of several of the survivors. This clearly shows the unclear morality issues that the Serbs, Bosnians, and the Dutc ...more
Sam
Jun 03, 2009 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Eichmann in Jerusalem reminded me of another compelling journalistic account of genocide that I actually did read when I was supposed to in Gary Bass's Human Rights class. End Game is a totally chilling account of the Bosnian Serb massacre of 8,000 Bosnian men and boys at Srebrenica. Rohde tells such a personal and compelling story that keeps you in suspense despite going into it with full knowledge of the unhappy.

Despite growing up during the Bosnian war, I didn't really know anything a
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Mary
Jul 09, 2011 Mary marked it as to-read
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I read this in about the year 2000. I was shocked at how the Srebenica community split along gender lines. The men and boys went off by themselves and were massacred, while the women went to sit in a parking lot to await help from the UN. The women seemed to be a crowd of unrelated individuals, with no internal communal leadership. I am still shocked by the story, not only the atrocity of it, but the apparent illogical splitting of the community and the lack of purpose among the women. I want to ...more
Karen Floyd
May 02, 2012 Karen Floyd rated it really liked it
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Well-researched and well-written. My only caveat is that a few of the "flashbacks" and "current" happenings are difficult to untangle.
The hardest part for me to read, even harder than reading about the murders and atrocities themselves, was how thoroughly the UN, Europe and the United States failed the people of Bosnia. There were so many times when this could have been stopped but no one was willing to show any backbone. As Vice President Al Gore said at the time, "It goes to what kind of peopl
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Alex Strick van Linschoten
Aug 28, 2014 Alex Strick van Linschoten rated it it was amazing
I read this years ago, but it still makes an impression. An amazing story, with great moral force. A must-read.
Gwilym
Aug 11, 2011 Gwilym rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pulitzer Prize winning account of the final days of the "safe area" in Srebrenica. An authoritive account told through the perspective of the impotent peacekeepers, the Muslim victims and finally those who would take up arms for genocide. Difficult to plough through at times due to the complex nature of the situation, moreso in understanding how 8,000 lives were sacrificed because of inefficient chains of command and bureacratic wrangling.

A dark journey, essential reading for all those intereste
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Tucker Jones
Aug 28, 2014 Tucker Jones rated it it was amazing
This is the most thorough account of the Srebrenica massacre that exists.
Florence
Mar 17, 2009 Florence rated it really liked it
The centuries old enmity between Muslims and Serbs in Bosnia was unleashed after the dissolution of Yugoslavia in the early nineties. What followed in Srebrenica and other places was hell's fury unleashed. The United Nations peacekeepers tried to prevent the massacre. Due to bureaucratic bungling and criminal negligence they failed and 7,079 were murdered in cold blood.
Phillip
Jul 25, 2008 Phillip rated it it was amazing
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Outstanding journalism; I couldn't put it down. This book was completely heartbreaking...it doesn't matter how many books I read, I'll never understand what drives people to murder and torture human beings.
Shannon
Jun 12, 2012 Shannon rated it it was amazing
I really appreciate that David Rohde wrote a book about Bosnia, and not a book about David Rohde in Bosnia.
Joe
Sep 23, 2008 Joe rated it really liked it
A tragic true story of the world with its hands in its pockets.
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