Books: Giving Peace A Chance

Accord in Bosnia? Richard Holbrooke offers a riveting firsthand account of how it got done

First-person accounts of great events are usually the most fascinating, and Richard Holbrooke's tale of the cliffhanger that culminated in the 1995 Dayton, Ohio, peace accords is no exception. To End a War (Random House; 432 pages; $27.95) is a riveting book.

In August 1995, when the U.S. at last stepped in and took the lead, the war in the former Yugoslavia had been raging almost four years. The U.N. "peacekeeping" force--a totally unsuitable arrangement for intervention in a full-scale war--was floundering. Through NATO, the U.S. found itself committed, apparently (and astonishingly) without President Clinton's knowledge, to dispatching 20,000 troops if...

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