BOOK REVIEW / Paperbacks: The Fall of Yugoslavia: The Third Balkan War - Misha Glenny: Penguin, pounds 5.99

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The Independent Culture
In a ferocious conflict whose course and causes are impenetrably complex to most of us, Misha Glenny provides a lucid account of the region's old bitternesses and new intransigence. It's a personalised record, in which he makes light of a welter of information, gives sparky pen-portraits of both sides' leaders, paints vivid descriptions of landscapes and villages, and approaches the civil war with the deep understanding of long-service reporting.