"In 1991 we were living in Romania. I was working for The Times and The Economist. One day the foreign desk called me and asked me to go to Ljubljana. Slovenia was about to declare independence and someone needed to be there to cover the event. I had already been a few times to cover the developing story of the disintegration of Yugoslavia, but I had always come back to Bucharest. This time I didn’t.
From the first shots of the ten-day war in Slovenia to the ends of the Kosovo war in 1998 and the conflicts in
During the wars
After the fall of Srebrenica in July 1995 the Times decided they did not need a correspondent in Belgrade anymore because they said that they felt the wars and hence interest in the former Yugoslavia were over. On the very same day Robert Baldock, the head of Yale University Press in London contacted me and asked me if I wanted to write a book. Of course I did. It seemed to me obvious that what was missing was an accessible and readable history of the Serbs. So, I returned to London with the sounds of the siege of Sarajevo literally echoing in my head and wrote this book."