Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War

Love Thy Neighbor A Story of War Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book PrizePeter Maass went to the Balkans as a reporter at the height of the nightmarish war there but this book is not traditional war reportage Maass examines how an

  • Title: Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War
  • Author: Peter Maass
  • ISBN: 9780679763895
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book PrizePeter Maass went to the Balkans as a reporter at the height of the nightmarish war there, but this book is not traditional war reportage Maass examines how an ordinary Serb could wake up one morning and shoot his neighbor, once a friend then rape that neighbor s wife He conveys the desperation that makes a Muslim beg the UnitedWinner of the Los Angeles Times Book PrizePeter Maass went to the Balkans as a reporter at the height of the nightmarish war there, but this book is not traditional war reportage Maass examines how an ordinary Serb could wake up one morning and shoot his neighbor, once a friend then rape that neighbor s wife He conveys the desperation that makes a Muslim beg the United States to bomb his own city in order to end the misery And Maass does not falter at the spectacle of U.N soldiers shining searchlights on fleeing refugees who are promptly gunned down by snipers waiting in the darkness Love Thy Neighbor gives us an unflinching vision of a late 20th century hell that is also a scathing inquiry into the worst extremes of human nature Like Michael Herr s Dispatches also available in Vintage paperback , it is an utterly gripping book that will move and instruct readers for years to come.

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    1. I can genuinely only think of two books which have made me want to cry. The first was My War Gone By, I Miss it So, which is Anthony Loyd's brilliant story of covering the wars in Bosnia and Chechnya, The second is this book, another reporter's story of covering the Balkan conflict. Loyd's book focused on horrific stories of personal, human loss, something which is inescapable in books about the disintegration of Yugoslavia, but Peter Maass's book - as you might expect for one written in 1995, s [...]

    2. The war the world ignored and then forgot. Peter Maass was a war correspondent for the Washington Post and he covered the war in Bosnia in the 1990s. This isn't about military campaigns though, it's stories of war, about ordinary people caught up in something horrific.When Serbia invaded Bosnia, the Bosnians appealed for help from Europe and America and were fobbed off. The Serbian propaganda machine, meanwhile, spewed out tales of Bosnians bombing their own cities for sympathy, Bosnians shootin [...]

    3. While in 1992 I was taking my first trip to Europe, falling in love for the first time, getting my introduction to Pentecostalism and learning to live, people were being exterminated only several hundred miles away from me. While I was going into my fourth year of high school education in Bulgaria, boys and girls my age were being raped and tortured and murdered and it took me 15 years to find that out. How is it that I knew nothing about that war? How is it I never paid attention to the news, n [...]

    4. The only reason i finished this book was because i just wanted to know the details of the Serbian-Bosnian war. But, it sincerely seems like this book was a first draft by a 17 year old kid that skipped the editor's desk and went straight to print. I find it hard to believe that any editor would have let all these horrible metaphors, digressions and excessive uses of the word "literally" be published, as is. He made casual remarks that bordered on racist; diverted from the story of the Bosnian pl [...]

    5. Very interesting read about the war in the Balkans and the propensity of humans to fight and survive wars in general. Devastatingly difficult in many parts, glimmers of hope in others. Ultimately I feel the author's recommendations are too emotive and just as under-considered in terms of their practical consequence as those he criticises throughout the book, but that shouldn't take away from what an excellent book this is.

    6. I love reading about Yugoslavia, but I have zero time for a book that within less than ten percent packs stuff like this:- the author comparing himself to someone who has just discovered they have "the AIDS virus" (sic) when finding himself in front of a Serbian warlord who could kill him. I know that this was published in 1996, but come on.- Talking about the pilot of the plane that's taking him to Sarajevo, the author says that "pilots of transport planes wanted to be ace fighters but didn't m [...]

    7. If you want to get to the core of everything that happened in the Bosnia and Herzegovina and ex-Yugoslavia from 1992-1995, then this is must to read book. Recommending to anyone who lived, seen and felt those dark 90-s and war that torn apart one or even more generations.

    8. I love it when journalists write books to cover a story from a more behind the scenes perspective. None of us will deny that our news-media coverage of events are filtered and sometimes just a joke. However, this not only taught me about the Bosnia-Serbian conflict, okay, 'war', but it gave me yet more insight into the man's-inhumanity-to-man scenario, revolving around the idea of, what people will do and say based, not on what they know, but on what someone else says.I went through so many emot [...]

    9. "I am now more aware of the fragility of human relations, and more aware of what being a Jew can mean. I learned this from the Muslims of Bosnia, who made two fatal mistakes. They thought that being a minority group no longer mattered in civilized EuropeThey failed to realize that although a person might attach little importance to his religion, other people might take notice one day; and just because your society seems stable does not mean it will always be so. Muslims versus Christians, Jews v [...]

    10. Fascinating, compelling account of being a war correspondent in the Bosnian war in the early '90s. I'm glad it was written so soon after his experiences, not just because his memories were fresh, but because it's a pre-9/11 take on the world, which really changes how this story could be told and still sell, sadly. (A side note: Accidentally reading this during the same time period I was playing the video game This War of Mine strengthened the experience of both. The game is a survival game set i [...]

    11. Without question, the single best book I have read related to the war in Bosnia. While my time there was limited in comparison to the author's, I can closely relate to do many of the things he describes and feels. A must read for anyone wanting an unvarnished view of a brutal war.

    12. Peter Mass is a good writer. I usually have a hard time with American writers but Peter is awesome. So sad a story and disappointing.

    13. This was quite an intense book which examined not just the war in Bosnia, but how humans are led to do horrible things to one another by circumstances and evil people. When I am reading I usually sit and read while I eat. This book could not be read while eating. As a Jewish person, the description of the genocide made me ill. Here are some particularly powerful quotes from the book:"I never thought that one day I would talk to a skeleton. That's what I did at Trnopollje. I walked through the ga [...]

    14. A campaign of ethnic cleansing against Bosnian Muslims took place in Europe less than 25 years ago. It was a gruesome and bloody genocide where many innocent people were tortured and sent to concentration camps, a terrible reprise of one of the darkest chapters in human history. More than any of the moral platitudes that I could recite, the campaign's victims deserve empathy and justice.Peter Maas's account of the Bosnian War does a fine job in making sure that this tragedy is understood. He use [...]

    15. I am glad I read this book, but I can't say I liked it. I don't think one can really like a book detailing the comprehensive genocide of a people. Maass' descriptions are graphic, but they need to be in order to convey the absolute horror that ransacked Bosnia during the early 90s. He is unapologetic in his condemnation of Serb leadership, Croat leadership and especially the international community that allowed Serbs to run rampant all over the Balkans without so much as a slap on the wrist. I s [...]

    16. Reading about historical events from the perspective of a journalist is always appealing to me because of the fact that the information is (almost) always presented in such a readable way. Love Thy Neighbor is no exception. Maass does a great job condensing a ton of information about the Bosnian War into around 300 pages, and it never felt particularly slow. Granted, I find the Bosnian War fascinating, but I still feel like I can say with confidence that this account is fairly fast-paced. The do [...]

    17. Insightful into the conflict in Bosnia, as well as some history. Maass manages to both provide some testimonies of big name perpetrators, as well as survivors. However, his is a work mainly revolving around his experiences in Bosnia and reporting on it. It's a fascinating read by all means, but the style - which seems to be like a personal journal or diary, also the noting without numbering makes it slightly cluttered. This is why I rated it lower. Otherwise, I think it's a fascinating read into [...]

    18. "Never forget" was the watchword after Hitler. Yet the world mostly ignored the atrocities of the Bosnian war -- and then mostly forgot about it afterward. Peter Maass displays a Hemingwayesque style as he uses his sharp reporter's eye to depict one of humanity's lowest moments, depicting Sarajevo, a city that once hosted the Olympics Winter Games, as a surreal deathtrap. But he abandons his journalistic objectivity to expresses his bewilderment at the world's response. He uses humor to leaven t [...]

    19. Having recently traveled in Eastern Europe, I have become increasingly interested in the recent (last 20-60 years) history of this region. This book was an eye opener for one who, living in the U.S received conflicting information from our government concerning the Bosnian War. I almost couldn't put this down and so appreciate how Mr. Maass remains fair and objective until the near end of his time as a reporter there, when the brutality of the Serbs and his frustration with the West's refusal to [...]

    20. About to start this. I've been told this is one of the best non-biased insights about the travesty of the Bosnian war. After having visited quite a lot of Eastern Europe, I've always been interested in this period of time having been alive when when it happened, albeit very young, I was five when the USSR and essentially Yugoslavia dissolved, yet have never really had any concrete knowledge as to why all the hosility and killings came about. Quite hard to swallow that it only ended 15 years ago [...]

    21. Amazing book which does not overdose on the gory but gives a sense of what it might be like to live day after day for two or three years in a horrific war. His description of life in Banja Luka for Muslims is harrowing, his visits to the cleaned up concentration camps, and his description of the young man shot on Sniper Alley in Sarajevo. Unforgettable. He even met Milosevic one on one. He does not dismiss the Serbs as primitives, or single out Rwandans, or isolate anybody, rather, the capacity [...]

    22. I could only read the first 80 or so pages because of the time at which I was reading it; it's VERY depressing. The author places the whole mess of the war(s) in Bosnia and Croatia in the laps of a very few Serbian ultra-nationalists who corrupt other Serbs into thinking they need to side with their fellow Serbs. The worst part is that the rest of the world is so clueless about this while it's going on under their noses. Yugoslavia was integrated and fairly cosmopolitan before the war; this real [...]

    23. Journalist Peter Maass traveled throughout Bosnia during the Bosnian war and its a given that the book provides many details and insights into what happened during the war. For me though what makes this book such a critical read right now is the case he makes that especially when it's advantageous to politicians it is easy to divide groups of people against each other. We all like to say never again, but yet there is a lurking evil in our humanness that does let things like this continue to happ [...]

    24. You know, as a reporter, I think Peter Maass did an excellent job. He was objective enough, yet personal enough that his story of being in the Balkans came across sincere and true.It was the kind of reporting that you or I might write, in that we would see things, hear things, that may or may not be quite true, and yet the evidence is there, but the perpetrators are refuting everything. The question is always, could we do more? Could we step out of the cocoon of reporting and protect, soothe, or [...]

    25. Some folks question some of Maass' history, but I'm not qualified to quibble. What I can say is that I've never read a more passionate and exquisitely readable piece of war journalism than this. Sure, Michael Herr's Vietnam War classic Dispatches might qualify as better literature, but it's loads less accessible. For what he loses in style, Maass gains in immediacy: crossing Serb checkpoints or interviewing Muslims in modern-day concentration camps. The narrative is alive with danger but also wi [...]

    26. If you didn't already take with a grain of salt what the U.S. government (or any government, for that matter) tells the press, this book will convince you otherwise. It's a reporter's account of the conflict in Bosnia and how the U.S. government downplayed it and refused to intervene. The author interviewed in person Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic (talk about an evil man!). We'd of course like to think of Hitler's heinous reign as an isolated incident, an exception to the rule, but the Ser [...]

    27. Out of all of the books I have recently read pertaining to the war in the Balkans and more specifically in Bosnia, this one is the most clear, concise, and brutally honest one i have come across. Maass shows what it is like to be a journalist during war time, which can include braveness, pettiness, and utter dejection with humanity. As well as explaing the crisis he also brings up questions on human nature that reflect what is happening currently today. A must read for anyone who is interested i [...]

    28. Easily one of the best books I've read this year, and it took me longer than usual to read it bc I kept stopping to take notes. Maass was writing for WaPo when the Balkans crisis erupted into the Bosnian War, and he presents warlords, diplomats and presidents with the same deft observation skills. No surprise one of his professional heroes might just be Rebecca West: he presents countless stories of the "wild beast" in humanity. Prescient too of 11.8.16.

    29. A tremendously depressing and troubling book, I nonetheless think that everyone should read it. Maas does an excellent job of communicating the tragedy of the genocide in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Unless you are a sociopath, you will be moved, saddened and disgusted by the horrors perpetrated by the combatants and the so-called civilized world. Finally, his epilogue is relevant to us today and is needed food for thought.

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