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Book Title: Milosevic: Portrait of a Tyrant|
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ISBN 13: 9780684843087
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The author of the book: Dusko Doder
Edition: Free Press (NYC)
Date of issue: November 12th 1999
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The Kosovo war in the spring of 1999 introduced many to the man newspapers have called "the butcher of the Balkans," but few understand the crucial role he has played & continues to play in the most troubled part of Europe. Directly or indirectly, he's waged war & instigated brutal ethnic cleansing in Croatia, Bosnia & Kosovo, & he was indicted for war crimes in 5/99. His rise to power, from lowly Serbian apparatchik to president of Yugoslavia, is a tale of intrigue, cynical manipulation & deceit whose full dimensions have never been presented to the public.
In this 1st full-length biography of the Yugoslav leader, veteran foreign correspondents Doder & Branson paint a disturbing portrait of a cunning politician who hasn't shied from fomenting wars & double-crossing enemies & allies alike in his ruthless pursuit of power. Whereas most dictators encourage a cult of personality around themselves, Milosevic has been content to operate in the shadows, shunning publicity & allowing others to grab the limelight--& then to take the heat when things go badly. His secretive style emerged in response to a family history of depression (his parents were suicides) & has served him well as he begins his 2nd decade in power.
Doder & Branson introduce us to key figures behind Milosevic's rise: his wife, Mirjana Markovic, often justifiably described as a Serbian Lady Macbeth, & the Balkan & US politicians who learned, too late, about the costs of underestimating him. They also reveal how the USA refused to take the necessary action in 1992 to remove him from power without bloodshed--not realizing that he uses such moments of weakness as opportunities to lull his opponents into traps, thereby paving the way for a new consolidation of power. Now, in the wake of the victory in Kosovo, it remains to be seen whether America will learn this lesson or whether we will allow this deeply troubled man to continue to pose a threat to European peace & security.
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Read information about the authorDusko Doder is an award-winning journalist and author. He worked for the Washington Post as a reporter, foreign correspondent and editor. As Moscow correspondent, he had a world beat on the death of Soviet dictator Yuri Andropov, much to the chagrin of the CIA which emphatically denied the story. He was the only western journalist to interview Soviet leader Konstantin Chernenko. Doder won two Overseas Press Club Citations for Excellence and the Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting. The Washington Post nominated him for the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting from Moscow. He has written a number of non-fiction books including the best-selling biography of Mikhail Gorbachev: The Heretic in the Kremlin. The Firebird Affair is his first novel.
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