Slobodan Milosevic and the Destruction of Yugoslavia

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Slobodan Milosevic and the Destruction of Yugoslavia

By Louis Sell
Duke University Press, 2002
392 pp. $34.95

Sell, a retired U.S.diplomat with many years of service in Yugoslavia, organizes this detailed political biography of the former Serbian president around his rise to power, the breakup of Yugoslavia, the wars that followed, and finally his downfall. He does not try to cover all aspects of Milo sevi½c's period in power. Rather, the book focuses on his role in the complex maneuverings within the Serbian and Yugoslav party hierarchy, the ever more treacherous and twisted path toward the destruction of Yugoslavia and then Serbia, and the denouement over Kosovo. The Milo sevi½c he presents is a strangely remote and empty figure, devoid of passion and purpose save one -- the hunger for power for its own sake. More than a biography, this book provides a compact, coherent review of the sad drama that occupied so much of the West's attention in the 1990s.

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