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The road to Kosovo : a Balkan diary
Campbell, Greg.
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Publication Information:
Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 1999.
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vii, 229 pages : maps ; 24 cm
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1320 Lexile.
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This first-person, on-the-road travel adventure takes us through one of the most dangerous and hate-filled regions on earth--the former republics of Yugoslavia--and into a land still reeling from months of brutal combat. Told in a fast-paced, rollicking style that's funny, sad, thoughtful, and at times horrifying, The Road to Kosovo shows us war and the struggle for peace through the eyes of a young journalist.Two new concluding chapters, written after the author's 1999 visit to Kosovo, provide a rare, on-the-ground assessment of the impact of the NATO peacekeeping mission and the peace agreement with Milosevic. The poignant scenes of death, confusion, and hopelessness that Campbell observes--not from media tents but from the homes of locals, in their bars, and on the side of the road--hearken ominously back to the first days of the peace mission in Bosnia. A vivid, uneasy picture emerges of a region resistant to lasting peace.

Author Notes

Greg Campbell is an investigative reporter at the Longmont Daily Times-Call. He lives in Longmont, CO.

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Booklist Review

Campbell made two trips to the former Yugoslavia: the first in 1996 to Bosnia, the second in 1998 to Kosovo. His reporter's travelogue is interesting for its flavor of one man, alone, going after the story--most other reporters benefit from lavish support by their large news organizations. If there's safety in numbers in a bar or at a roadblock, Campbell only occasionally enjoyed it--once in the company of a wild man from Soldier of Fortune. On his own otherwise, Campbell describes the scenery of destruction and general dilapidation that the area presents, a miasma of misery underscored by the suspicious who-are-you "Balkan stare" of the inhabitants. Having been initiated to Balkan tension in 1996, he drove from Zagreb to Pristina last year just as the KLA was becoming known. He talked to (and his way past) armed men in outlying areas, in incidents that echoed the palpable fear of the ethnic Albanians preceding the eruption of the war last March. Trenchant, intrepid eyewitness observations that will take readers beyond the television images. --Gilbert Taylor

Table of Contents

Prologue: Grbavica, March 1996p. 1
1 Drvar, July 1998p. 25
2 Mission Creepsp. 49
3 On the Roadp. 71
4 Welcome to Sarajevop. 89
5 The Problem with War Criminalsp. 113
6 The Land of the Lostp. 127
7 Kosovop. 147
8 The KLA Reservep. 159
9 Defenders of the Homelandp. 181
10 Gunboat Diplomacyp. 203
Epilogue: Gnjilane, July 1999p. 229
Notesp. 255
Bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 267