During the Bosnian war between 1992 and 1995, horrible atrocities occurred, including torture, rape, murder, and genocide -- sometimes committed by those in charge, sometimes committed by neighbors against neighbors who'd been friendly just hours before. In this book that won The Los Angeles Times
book prize for nonfiction, war correspondent Peter Maass offers a stunning portrait of that time, from the battlefield of Sarajevo (host city of the 1984 Winter Olympics), to the shocking crimes that occurred, to the lives of innocents caught in the crossfire. Though this "angry, stinging, profanely eloquent and often painful book" (The New York Times
) isn't light reading, it is compassionate and certainly worthwhile.