The gripping untold story of The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and how the perpetrators of Balkan war crimes were captured by the most successful manhunt in history.
Written with a thrilling narrative pull, The Butcher's Trail chronicles the pursuit and capture of the Balkan war criminals indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague. Borger recounts how Radovan Karadžic and Ratko Mladic - both now on trial in The Hague - were finally tracked down and describes the intrigue behind the arrest of Slobodan Milosevic, the Yugoslav president who became the first head of state to stand before an international tribunal for crimes perpetrated in a time of war.
Based on interviews with former special forces soldiers, intelligence officials, and investigators from a dozen countries - most speaking about their involvement for the first time - this book reconstructs a 14-year manhunt carried out almost entirely in secret. Indicting the worst war criminals that Europe had known since the Nazi era, the ICTY ultimately accounted for all 161 suspects on its wanted list, a feat never before achieved in political and military history.
©2016 Julian Borger (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
First, the narrator is GREAT; he has a lovely voice and neutral delivery, which I appreciate. The book itself, however, does not succeed. It seems like a compilation of newspaper accounts of individual arrests. There's no detail regarding the trials of the war criminals, other than their complaints over the manner of their arrest, so the book feels repetitious, recounting one arrest after another. It does illustrate the difficulties of arresting war criminals when the governments of the states in which they reside have no interest in seeing them arrested or prosecuted, but this is not enough to sustain my interest. I deleted the book after hearing 65%.
This is a great narrative of a tragic period in Balkan history. Solid research and reporting is woven into a story that gives a glimpse into the twisted minds that were responsible for genocide.
Paul Hodgson's narration matched the story perfectly.
I highly recommend this one.
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