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Jane's Sentinel Security Assessment: The Balkans
Jane's Sentinel Security Assessment: The Balkans
By Jane's Information Group
Jane's Information Group, 1999, 575 pp

This volume by Jane's Information Group, a private-sector intelligence organization, belongs to a series of regional surveys containing vast quantities of data on everything from arms industries to geography. Probably the most useful data -- and the most difficult to obtain elsewhere -- is the interesting, up-to-date, and perishable information about military developments and personalities in the countries covered. Otherwise, much of the content can be found in cheaper volumes like the International Institute for Strategic Studies' annual Military Balance and the free CIA World Factbook, which is available on the Web. It would be a useful source for analysts were it not for the ludicrous price -- all the more absurd for a softbound book that begins to disintegrate when first opened.