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To End a War
RICHARD HOLBROOKE

To End a War by Richard Holbrooke
39 reviews (1998) (464p)
New York Times® Best Nonfiction Books

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Book Description
"        One of the most important and readable diplomatic memoirs of recent times. . . . His account should restore some respect to the much maligned art of diplomacy."
--The Washington Post

"        Richard Holbrooke does for diplomacy what Indiana Jones does for archaeology
. . . a cliffhanger."        --USA Today

"        Holbrooke is brilliant, forceful, determined, focused. . . . In his intuitive feel for the realities of power diplomacy and his strategic vision, he is the heir to Henry Kissinger in American diplomacy."        --New York Post

Chosen by The New York Times as one of the Best Books of the Year, To End a War is a brilliant portrayal of high-wire, high-stakes diplomacy in one of the toughest negotiations of modern times. A classic account of how foreign policy is made in Washington, its lessons go far beyond the boundaries of the Balkans and provide a powerful argument for continued American lead-
ership in the modern world.

"        Easily the best book of recent years on how to carry off a diplomatic negotia-
tion. . . . We can only hope that the White House, Congress and the public are listening, and that generations of Americans will read Holbrooke's book."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"        A compelling account of lockup, great-power diplomacy. . . . To End a War is a
riveting book."        --Time

"        A superb book, one that is clear and honest."        --Newsweek

"        A heartfelt call to America to use its power when societies break down. . . . His com-
bativeness may offend the pinstripe set, but it is wonderfully refreshing on the page."
--The New York Times


Amazon.com Review
Between 1991 and 1995 over a quarter million people died during the conflict in the Balkan states. Meanwhile, the rest of Europe did not understand--or chose not to understand--what this war was about. The U.N. sent peacekeeping forces to aid the helpless, but would not assert its will to bring a peaceful end to the atrocities.

In a bold, contentious move by Clinton's first administration, a peace delegation was sent to Bosnia to secure an accord at any cost. A vocal proponent of this was Richard Holbrooke, then assistant secretary of state, who believed in hawkish diplomacy and a willingness to impose the moral will of America, if necessary. Holbrooke's belligerent pursuit of peace can be attributed in part to the tragedy of losing three of his team on the way through Sarajevo, making his quest for peace purposeful and passionate. In To End a War, an honest assessment and account of the events that followed, Holbrooke walks us through the complexities of the Dayton Accord from the perspective of the politicians and military men involved. It provides a fascinating insight into modern political diplomacy and the role of America in the international arena.

Without being a crusader, Holbrooke stresses throughout the need for responsible public service, subtly attacking some modern-day diplomats who use their positions irresponsibly. Ultimately he concludes that this peace process demonstrates the need for countries of power, such as the U.S., to take their of leadership roles seriously. To End a War is the definitive account of the peace process in the former Yugoslavia, important to anyone who wishes to understand the conflict in its entirety. --Jeremy Storey


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*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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