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BEYOND THE MOUNTAINS OF THE DAMNED

THE WAR INSIDE KOSOVO

One of the most thoughtful accounts of the conflict in Kosovo to date, conveyed with taut journalistic clarity that should...

A veteran journalist’s firsthand exploration of the atrocities committed in Kosovo before and during the NATO campaign against Slobodan Milosevic’s Serbia.

McAllester, who shared a 1997 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the crash of TWA Flight 800, pushes aside the headlines to reveal the human cost of the Serb-Albanian conflict. Pulled from his assignment in the Middle East to cover the Balkan war and chafing against travel restrictions, he decided to trek across the “Mountains of the Damned” to investigate wild rumors of atrocities against ethnic Albanians in the Kosovar city of Pec. His narrative begins there with Albanian butcher Isa Bala and his family, who are patiently waiting out both the NATO bombing and Serb occupation. McAllester juxtaposes their story with that of Nebojsa Minic, a petty criminal and ethnic Serb who persecutes Pec’s Albanians. His examination of these conflicting lives culminates in the chilling murder of Bala’s young family by Minic and his thugs as NATO ground troops approach. McAllester’s need to understand how such abhorrent actions occur leads him on a search of the Kosovar underworld for the motives that drove Minic to kill innocent children. He discovers that Bala was, like many Albanian businessmen, a minor collaborator with the municipal Serbian authorities; therefore, the murders were not just an expression of Serb-Albanian ethnic hatred, but also punishment for transgressions against the local black market profiteers. McAllester powerfully concludes that a sickening mixture of greed, ethnic hostility, and wartime nihilism has displaced the healing power of love and reconciliation for the foreseeable future.

One of the most thoughtful accounts of the conflict in Kosovo to date, conveyed with taut journalistic clarity that should ensure the book a broad range of readers. (12 b&w photos)

Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2002

ISBN: 0-8147-5660-3

Page Count: 320

Publisher: New York Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2001

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KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON

THE OSAGE MURDERS AND THE BIRTH OF THE FBI

Dogged original research and superb narrative skills come together in this gripping account of pitiless evil.

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Greed, depravity, and serial murder in 1920s Oklahoma.

During that time, enrolled members of the Osage Indian nation were among the wealthiest people per capita in the world. The rich oil fields beneath their reservation brought millions of dollars into the tribe annually, distributed to tribal members holding "headrights" that could not be bought or sold but only inherited. This vast wealth attracted the attention of unscrupulous whites who found ways to divert it to themselves by marrying Osage women or by having Osage declared legally incompetent so the whites could fleece them through the administration of their estates. For some, however, these deceptive tactics were not enough, and a plague of violent death—by shooting, poison, orchestrated automobile accident, and bombing—began to decimate the Osage in what they came to call the "Reign of Terror." Corrupt and incompetent law enforcement and judicial systems ensured that the perpetrators were never found or punished until the young J. Edgar Hoover saw cracking these cases as a means of burnishing the reputation of the newly professionalized FBI. Bestselling New Yorker staff writer Grann (The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession, 2010, etc.) follows Special Agent Tom White and his assistants as they track the killers of one extended Osage family through a closed local culture of greed, bigotry, and lies in pursuit of protection for the survivors and justice for the dead. But he doesn't stop there; relying almost entirely on primary and unpublished sources, the author goes on to expose a web of conspiracy and corruption that extended far wider than even the FBI ever suspected. This page-turner surges forward with the pacing of a true-crime thriller, elevated by Grann's crisp and evocative prose and enhanced by dozens of period photographs.

Dogged original research and superb narrative skills come together in this gripping account of pitiless evil.

Pub Date: April 18, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-385-53424-6

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: Feb. 1, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2017

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NIGHT

The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the...

Elie Wiesel spent his early years in a small Transylvanian town as one of four children. 

He was the only one of the family to survive what Francois Maurois, in his introduction, calls the "human holocaust" of the persecution of the Jews, which began with the restrictions, the singularization of the yellow star, the enclosure within the ghetto, and went on to the mass deportations to the ovens of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. There are unforgettable and horrifying scenes here in this spare and sombre memoir of this experience of the hanging of a child, of his first farewell with his father who leaves him an inheritance of a knife and a spoon, and of his last goodbye at Buchenwald his father's corpse is already cold let alone the long months of survival under unconscionable conditions. 

The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the sphere of suffering shared, and in this case extended to the death march itself, there is no spiritual or emotional legacy here to offset any reader reluctance.

Pub Date: Jan. 16, 2006

ISBN: 0374500010

Page Count: 120

Publisher: Hill & Wang

Review Posted Online: Oct. 7, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2006

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