|The author, BBC correspondent from the Balkans, is presenting an eye-witness account as well as the political analysis of the collapse of the former Yugoslavia. He displayed an influential, if unsystematic description on the development of warfare, based on personal experience and interviews with key protagonists as different as Ratko Mladić and Richard Holbrook. The structure of the book is following the bloody sequence of events in the former Yugoslavia, with specific chapters dedicated to the course of the conflict in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as to the development of the crisis in Serbia and Kosovo. As a result of his presence in the entire region of the former Yugoslavia, knowledge of local language, author has devised a sophisticated account of the causes and course of the war in Yugoslavia, with a strong emphasis on the role of international community in the conflict. Although the subtitle Third Balkan War suggests otherwise, author refrained form contextualizing the Yugoslav conflict into a wider landscape of the historically explosive potentials of the entire region of the Balkans, which is the line of thinking developed in his other book The Balkans: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers 1804-1999. Instead, he focused on the analysis of ethnic identity manipulation methods employed by postcommunist leadership of Yugoslav republics.