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Who Moved My Cheese?
If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans
Scientific Secrets for Self-Control
Just One Damned Thing After Another
The Vanishing
Exercises in Knitting
The Good Dream
The Very Best of Edgar Allan Poe
The Chosen
BT-Kids' Knits
Talking God
The Professor
The Christmas Files
The Finisher
Home Decor for 18-Inch Dolls: Create 10 Room Settings with Furniture and 15 Outfits with Accessories
Dracula and Other Stories
A New Song
All Quiet on the Western Front
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Friday, April 09, 2010

The Fracture Zone: My Return to the Balkans

The Fracture Zone: My Return to the Balkans The Fracture Zone: My Return to the Balkans by Simon Winchester

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was an excellent book! I wanted to understand the Balkans and the tangled relationships between the peoples of the former Yugoslavia. Winchester does a great job of mixing history with interviews with the various people from each country. This may sound dry and uninteresting, but his combination of foreign correspondent/travel writer gives just the right mix to make the book fascinating.

What really surprised me was the beauty of the area. I had no idea that there are so many areas of every country that are incredible vacation spots. These countries could be more like the French Rivera than a war zone with just a little rationality.

I would recommend that the reader use the internet to look up the maps of the area and photographs of the places mentioned. It puts things into perspective.

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