Fuelled by outrage at his arrest in December 1997 by MoD police, Milos Stankovic, a major in the Parachute Regiment of the British Army and the son of a Royalist Serb, decided to write his extraordinary story: a dramatic tale of life on the edge in war-ravaged Bosnia. His life was constantly at risk; nevertheless, he ran a 'Schindler's List' operation, smuggling families (Serb, Croat or Muslim) out of besieged Sarajevo. His arrest came as a thunderbolt. What lay behind it will be revealed in the book and will ignite an international controversy.
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I'm going to criticise this superb book. It is extremely well written, engaging and includes many pictures and maps that are as good as any I've seen in a military history book. The insight into events on the ground could not be provided by anyone who was not there and the whole story is delivered with an admirable lack of bitterness, considering how the author believes he was wronged by the MoD.For a truly unique first-hand account of a British, UN officer's role in the Bosnian crisis buy this book - the author lost his legal case against the MoD and was lumbered with huge legal costs.Now the rub. I feel this book commits a number of crimes of omission. For starters, there is practically no detail of the Crown's case against the author or even the outcome of the case. Given the prominence given in the promotional material for the book of his arrest etc, this is pretty disappointing. Like another reviewer, I would also have appreciated more coverage of the specific details discussed in meetings with the BSA top brass.In addition, Stankovic unconsciously peddles the MoD and FCO line throughout the book of moral equivalence between all sides - ever ready to describe Muslim and Croat misdemeanours without any reference to the relative enormity of the atrocities committed predominantly by the BSA.Never is the bigger picture of the war analysed and the author frequently criticises US involvement without ever considering that his own presence as part of a British / France sponsored UN spoiling tactic was fundamental to preventing successful military intervention on behalf of non-combatants. This is hardly surprising from a British officer born to a Serbian family.In summary - this is an excellent read but the authors assertion that the book merely represents his perspective should be strongly born in mind.