Naklada Stih released the above titled book by Vitomir Miles Raguz, in bilingual Croatian-English format. It is available in Zagreb and Sarajevo bookstores and via Internet worldwide.
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New Book: Da nije bilo Oluje / Who Saved Bosnia
Naklada Stih last week released the above titled book by Vitomir Miles Raguz, in bilingual Croatian-English format. It is available in Zagreb and Sarajevo bookstores. In the US it will be available at the book presentation in the Cleveland area, on December 18th at World CafÃ© in Chesterland, at 6PM, or via mail order.
Mr. Raguz, former Ambassador of Bosnia-Herzegovina to the EU and NATO and adviser to Croatian diplomats at the UN in New York, writes often in leading English language media, such as the Wall Street Journal Europe, commenting on contemporaneous policy issues and addressing recent history of the region.
Naklada Stih wanted to bring his excellent writing to the regional audiences by translating a collection of previous and new essays. The English speaking audience will appreciate the new essays, published for the first time, as well as essays that were published in Zagreb media.
â€œAt first, we thought this collection would primarily attract historians and policy peopleâ€?, said Coach Ante Kostelic, Biblioteka editor, â€œbut the reader quickly realizes that this book will have a much wider audience, given the authorâ€™s style and the perspectives he brings forth regarding some key events of the 1990s.â€? He added: â€œthe book may be exactly what Santa would think for that very smart nephew who is still confused about what really happened in the region in the 1990s, and that righteous colleague at the office who knows exactly what happened since she reads the internet edition of the New York Times religiously.â€?
An early reader of the book, Visnja Staresina, writer and former foreign affairs editor of Vecernji List comments: â€œAmbassador Raguz challenges the mainstream thinking about what Washington was preparing for BiH immediately prior to operation Storm in 1995, and why and
how it aided the Storm. As a participant in many behind the scenes events, he provides details that shed new light on common wisdom regarding the Croatian Army withdrew from Posavina, source of the Muslim-Croat conflict, Tudjmanâ€™s role in Herzegovina, and Croatiaâ€™s recognition and later early EU candidate status,â€? among others.
Given the recent arrest of general Gotovina, the reader may be especially interested in the essay on the origin and purpose of the Storm, which contradict the charges from the Tribunal, in the essays about his role in the Storm, as well as those on reasons why the US should be involved in his defense.
Croatian readers may enjoy comparing Mr. Raguzâ€™s views, for instance, on relations between Zagreb and Washington in regard of the Storm, to those of Croatiaâ€™s former foreign minister Mate Granic in his recently published book â€œVanjski poslovi: iza kulisa politike.â€?
Bret Stephens, Member of the Editorial Board of the Wall Street Journal notes: â€œThe essays on the interplay between international politics and international law are among the most thought-provoking to be found anywhere; those on the shortfalls of western policy in the Balkans written over past four years are especially relevant today when the debate on the issue is picking up in advance of the 10th anniversary of the Dayton accords at year end.â€?
Igor Alborghetti, Editor-in-Chief of weekly Globus, says Ambassador Raguz writes from a unique perspective. On Euro-Atlantic integration issues, he sees him as a Euro-realist, who believes that Zagreb â€œshould focus its energies on market reforms and on finding ways to minimize the costs of those associations,â€? instead of being preoccupied with dates of membership.
Book has 363 Pages.