What are the best books on the 1990s Bosnian War?

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    #1The Trigger

    The Trigger

    In The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War, Tim Butcher is part travelogue, reportage, and history. It's the story of a young man who changed the world forever.


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    Willie Cox
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I love historical books and I am intrigued after reading the storyline. I would get the paperback version as I prefer paperbacks at the pool over my kindle. "
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    #2Girl at War

    Girl at War

    Sara Nović's Girl at War is an Alex Award winner, Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and was longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction. It's about Croatian Ana Jurić, who escaped with her family to America to escape the war.


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    Ofelia Cázares
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Girl at War is a unique war story. It does not tell the story of the actual war and why it happened. Rather, it focuses on one girl and her family, and the life they live through the perils of the war. I could not put this done, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to understand how war affects even the children."
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    #3The Cellist of Sarajevo

    The Cellist of Sarajevo

    The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway is a historical fiction novel about a cellist playing to commemorate the deaths of the victims of a mortar attack, two men searching for bread and water, and a woman sniper protecting the cellist.


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    Timothy Schultz
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "When I was studying the Bosnian conflict in school, my friend recommended this novel to me. It was an interesting glimpse at into the world I was learning about as I was learning. This really helped put things into perspective, and put a human face on the history."
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    #4The Damned Balkans

    The Damned Balkans

    The Damned Balkans - a refugee road trip by John Farebrother is an inside story of part of the refugee crisis in the Balkans 20 years ago. The crisis became one of the greatest refugee crises since WWII.


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    Gregory Stephens
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I heard about the Bosnian war but was clueless on the details. This story opened my eyes to what was going on."
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    #5As Long As Sarajevo Exists

    As Long As Sarajevo Exists

    As Long As Sarajevo Exists by Kemal Kurspahić and Colleen London chronicles the survival of the Sarajevo newspaper, "Oslobodjenje." It was during the siege and the people who risked their lives to safeguard a free and independent press.


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    Joan Carpenter
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Great writing that really gives a better understanding of the events that took place and all the work that went into reporting at such a hectic time. Very informative and easy to read. "
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    #6Sarajevo: A War Journal

    Sarajevo: A War Journal
    Sarajevo: A War Journal by Zlatko Dizdarević was written originally as columns for a Croatian newspaper. These articles described vividly a life in which unspeakable horrors are daily occurrences.

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    Rose Barnes
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "There aren’t a ton of books on this subject, and even fewer that are good—this book is in that latter category. It’s incredibly vivid and you really feel like you’re getting a full and detailed look at everything that happened. "
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    #7The Unquiet Dead

    The Unquiet Dead

    The Unquiet Dead is the spellbinding debut novel of Ausma Zehanat Khan. It's a complex and provocative story of loss, redemption, and the cost of justice. It will linger on readers long after the last page.


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    Matthew Ortega
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "I lived through the 1990s Bosnian war but I really didn't follow the news closely enough to get a good sense of what was going on. This is a novel, not a book of history, but I think it gives a really good sense of time and place as the Bosnian conflict was underway. "
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    #8Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat

    Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat
    Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat by General Wesley K. Clark is a recounting of his experience leading NATO's forces to a hard-fought victory over Kosovo in 1999.

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    Erika Olvera
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This book provides at least one side of the conflict in the 90s in Bosnia. It has great reviews and would probably give you a lot of insight to what was happening at that time in that part of the world. "
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    #9The Tuzla Run

    The Tuzla Run
    The Tuzla Run by Robert Davidson is about a Tuzla-bound convoy that battled through war-torn Bosnia to bring aid to the beleaguered city while being targeted for destruction by Croatian Military Intelligence and Serbian paramilitaries.

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    Brittany Vargas
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "The Bosnian war is an underrepresented . The Tuzla Run does a thorough job of covering these events."
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    #10The Impossible Country

    The Impossible Country

    Brian Hall's The Impossible Country: A Journey Through the Last Days of Yugoslavia relates his encounters with Serbs, Croats, and Muslims who became overcome with suspicion and anxiety about one another.


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    Amanda Harvey
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "A good book explaining a pretty chaotic time that was only covered minimally in the US. This explains what went on and why. This is a very well-written and balanced book on the subject."
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    #11Into Hell's Fire

    Into Hell's Fire
    Into Hell's Fire is a suspense thriller fiction novel written by Douglas Cavanaugh. This war-themed fiction book is first published in 2012 by Kirostar Publishing. 

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    Ethan Owens
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I am a fan of history, especially the Bosnian War. It is rare to find a fiction book taking place during this conflict. This one was amazing. Very thrilling."
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    #12Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo

    Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo

    Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo is a historical non-fiction memoir by Zlata Filipović. Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo was published by Penguin. 


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    Jeffrey Gonzalez
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "It's a great book! I've been looking for material about the Bosnian War for a while. This is very objective and informative but also tells it from a childs perspective. Very sweet history."


Best What are the best books on the 1990s Bosnian War
1The TriggerBooks 23 Paid
2Girl at WarBooks 20 Paid
3The Cellist of SarajevoBooks 19 Paid
4The Damned BalkansBooks 18 Paid
5As Long As Sarajevo ExistsBooks 17 Paid
6Sarajevo: A War JournalBooks 15 Paid
7The Unquiet DeadBooks 15 Paid
8Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of CombatBooks 14 Paid
9The Tuzla RunBooks 12 Paid
10The Impossible CountryBooks 12 Paid

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