In Harm's Way: Bosnia: A War Reporter's Story epub –

Martin Bell s was BBC TV s principal correspondent during the war in Bosnia fromtoThe original version of this passionate and personal account of the conflict was written while the war was still going on, some of it late at night in the Holiday Inn in Sarajevo In Harm s Way is not only about the progress of the war it is about its origins, how it began and how it could have been avoided it is about the human costs of war in which all the peoples of Bosnia became the victims it is about a massive failure by the United Nations, beginning with an inadequate peace keeping mandate and ending with the Srebrenica massacre and it is about the practices of war reporting itself And it is about the journalists in the thick of it, the oddballs and the idealists, the wild adventurers and hardened professionals who were caught up in this war and tried to make some sense of it In the introduction to this new edition, marking the twentieth anniversary of the outbreak of hostilities, Martin Bell reflects on the impact of what he calls the most consequential war of our time

13 thoughts on “In Harm's Way: Bosnia: A War Reporter's Story

  1. David Rowland David Rowland says:

    Martin Bell was the BBC s principal television correspondence during the Bosnian war between 1991 and 1995 and he was an eye witness to the greatest period of bloodletting in Europe since the second world war and most sadly it was a war that need not have happened His superb book not only tells the fascinating story of his own experiences on the front line but reveals the causes of the war and describes some of the personalities involved He became a familiar figure to TV audiences with his white suit and his calm delivery of shocking events including the massacres at Srebenica and Ahmici and the long siege of Sarajevo One of his most famous television reports from Bosnia included him being wounded by a sniper.His book shows his admiration for the soldiers posted there who had an impossible job in the conflict who because of their rules of engagement were prevented from intervening in the fighting to help people and who had no choice but to be passive bystanders to many horrendous events including ethnic cleansing and massacres It was a war of incredible intensity and cruelty especially for civilians where hatred between Serbs, Croats and Muslims, many of whom had previously lived beside each other in peace and harmony lead to events that shocked Europe whose inhabitants had come to believe that the kind of things that took place between 1939 and 1945 could not possibly happen again in their continent.Bell produces many valuable insights about the war and how it was covered by correspondents and he does so with self effacing humour and great humanity It is a great read and anyone interested in the war in the former Yugoslavia and how the story was told to the world must read it to get a balanced view of the conflict whose consequences are still very much apparent in this unhappy and unsettled area of Europe.

  2. tony tony says:

    A fine piece of reporting that illuminates and educates It somehow passed me by at the time I watched the news but didn t grasp the causes and the aims and grievances of the various ethnic groups I bought this together with Safe Area Gorazde The latter is a comic style treatment that looks at the war through the microcosm of one town Both are works of great merit in their own right and also complement each other well Also bell refers directly to the so called safe haven of Goradze.Martin Bell manages to gradually build up the overall picture and looks at many aspects of the war through his experiences with leaders of all sides as well as moving stories of local journalists as well as BBC crews he worked with His friend and local journalist in one instance gives his life trying to bring images of the conflict to the screens of the news watchers Bell is in Berlin on a royal assignment of little worth when he hears the news and like the man he is flies out to Bosnia the following morning and goes to see the ruined parents of his friend He helps organise and speaks at the funeral where 2,000 people come to pay tribute to the young journalist One of many moving personal experiences.He also digs deep questioning the UN and its aims and says that they basically let down the Bosnians in their weak and vague mandate He writes with a subtle style all of his own and with conviction and insight By the end of it you have a very sound understanding of the conflict from many perspectives A book that will become a classic of the period, if it hasn t already.I would be interested to hear Martin Bell s take on the UN s inability to take a stance over Syria History repeating itself

  3. DB DB says:

    As a war correspondent Mr Bell saw the tragic events of the Bosnian war unfold, and reported them to millions of viewers back in the UK His professional reports did not show his anger and frustration at the lost opportunities to bring peace Neither did they show the people in his team who made the reports possible In Harm s Way addresses these omissions.Mr Bell explains the causes of the war, the frustrations of the UN forces on the ground, the hatred which led to ethnic cleansing on both sides This book is not an easy read, but it was never meant to be It is a report on the horrors of modern warfare, the tragedy of civilian casualties, the depravation of besieged cities Through it all Mr Bell is non partisan, chronicling atrocities committed by all sides as he seeks to answer key questions Why was this war allowed to happen Why was nothing done to stop it sooner What is the role of the UN In Harm s Way also gives us an insight into the life of a war reporter It is not just about standing in front of a camera for a couple of minutes twice a day it involves real hardship, and real danger Mr Bell himself was wounded, as were a number of his colleagues Others lost their lives.If you are interested in history, journalism or politics if you enjoy a good biography, then In Harm s Way is a must read.

  4. Pc Pc says:

    This is a very good no nonsense experience of a War correspondent at war.Mr Bell is fighting on three fronts every day in Bosnia and successfully reveals the UN s many weaknesses.Another good book to read, The Siege of Jedotville , about similar UN, weakness shows they had learned nothing from this debacle in 1961 to this one in 1991.

  5. Darren B Darren B says:

    A generally interesting perspective of the Bosnian war, through the authors own senses I enjoyed reading it overall, although sometimes its ebb and flow felt a bit erratic, probably due to the conditions under which it was written I did find it required a certain level of background knowledge which I didn t have, so numerous trips to Wikipedia were necessary.

  6. Condearanda Condearanda says:

    No lo he podido acabar Muchas an cdotas de la guerra, interesantes, duras, tremendas pero no veo unidad ni ilacion No veo un an lisis del proceso, motivos, etc Ilegible en mi opini n.

  7. K. McGinty K. McGinty says:

    Martin Bell s account of his time in Bosnia is a well written and thoughtful account of his time in Bosnia There s a lot to be learned about a journalist s time spent on assignment and I highly recommend this book.

  8. HistoryBuff22 HistoryBuff22 says:

    The author s account of his multiple assignments to cover the war in Bosnia is thoughtful and disturbing The lack of European leadership and later weak US intervention no doubt led to the prolongation of the war and thousands of deaths What detracted from the historical narrative was the author s philosophical and journalistic commentary A good book for someone interested in war reporting and international journalism.

  9. Lisbeth Lisbeth says:

    A very interesting insight into the life of a war correspondent The book is well written giving a good account of the war in the former Yugoslavia, particularly for those that have been involved with the whole region following the peace process.

  10. Patricia A. Osborn Patricia A. Osborn says:

    A very engaging story, written about the time when war correspondents were left pretty much to themselves to find their sources, to find their own lodging, sometimes finding themselves right in the thick of things Bell s memoire is not a swashbuckling tale, but lets you share the moments and punctuates the experience of reporters being largely on their own with poorly ard vehicles while still focusing on both the uselessness and irony it all.Bell has been a witness in the war crime trials still going on.

  11. Kindle-klant Kindle-klant says:

    I enjoyed reading this book it provides interesting insights and useful information on the Bosnia war But, it is not a chronological history of the war as experienced by the writer Instead, Martin Bell discusses several themes, and illustrates them with his experiences That is a different approach than I expected.

  12. Nikolai Pavlovic Nikolai Pavlovic says:

    talks alot without saying much

  13. Mr Jack A Legge Mr Jack A Legge says:

    I still have to read the book, but the subject is very interesting to me The author is very respected and the war zone he visited as a correspondent will be very enlightening.