The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War

  • 354 pages
  • English
  • Hardcover
The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War

࿮ kickass The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War download ᜂ By Tim Butcher ᨬ Starred Review In a uniquely effective counterpart to Margaret MacMillans fine account of the run up to WWI The War That Ended Peace, 2013 , author Butcher, who covered the 1990s Balkans conflict for the Daily Telegraph, returns to Bosnia and Herzegovina to literally retrace the steps of young Gavrilo Princip, who at age 19 assassinated the heir apparent to the throne of the Austro Hungarian empire, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, a killing that triggered the Great War 100 years ago Butcher, whose maternal grandmothers older brother died in that appallingly tragic conflict, follows Princips path from his tiny, near destitute mountain village of Obljaj to Sarajevo, where he found a cohort of young firebrands like himself, bridling under the harsh economic and political conditions imposed on Bosnians by the empire Along the way, Butcher renders the countryside and cityscapesand the people who inhabit themin fine detail, while also moving back and forth in time, taking in the Ottoman rule, the political climate of the early 1900s, the recent Bosnian war, and the landscape as it looks today Top notch reporting by a journalist who knows the lay of the land, as he also keeps a healthy remove from an ethnic conflict that, like a dormant volcano, still seethes Alan MooresA Guardian UK Best History Book of the YearA Times UK Best History Book of the YearA Sunday Times UK Best Biography of the YearRiveting.New York TimesTim Butcher does a superb job of filling in a large and fascinating gap, with a book that is part travelogue, part biography, part history and part journalism, as well as an absorbing exploration of the way the overlooked past colours the present Highly readable but profoundly researched, The Trigger represents a bold exception to the deluge of First World War books devoted to mud, blood and poetry.Ben Macintyre, Times UK , Best History Books of the YearA triumph of punctilious scholarship and research Butcher has written a marvelously absorbing book on the nature of one mans political grievance and its terrible aftermath.Guardian UK , Best History Books of 2014Butcher, who covered the 1990s Balkans conflict for the Daily Telegraph, returns to Bosnia and Herzegovina to literally retrace the steps of young Gavrilo Princip Along the way, Butcher renders the countryside and cityscapesand the people who inhabit themin fine detail, while also moving back and forth in time, taking in the Ottoman rule, the political climate of the early 1900s, the recent Bosnian war, and the landscape as it looks today Top notch reporting by a journalist who knows the lay of the land.Booklist starred review Engrossing A fascinating history of a complex region rife with ethnic rivalries and a vivid travelogue of a dangerous journey across a landscape marked by the minefields and devastation of the fighting of the 1990s A haunting and illuminating book.Kirkus Reviews starred review Journeying to Princips birthplace, and finding new documents about his school life, Butcher follows his subject across the Balkans in a sometimes haunting book that is as much about the present as the past.Sunday Times UK , Best Biographies of the YearNo one has got closer into the mind of one of the key figures of the last century, Gavrilo Princip, than the journalist turned investigative historian Timothy Butcher Part travelogue, part history of the Balkans, part psychological insight into the motivation of Historys most famous terrorist before Osama bin Laden, this book brings an objective eye and flowing prose style to the story of what happened in Sarajevo on that June day a hundred years ago He makes complex political and ethnic rivalries easy to comprehend, and gets to the heart of the issues, largely thanks to his personal knowledge of the region Nor does the sheer poignancy of the tale escape his occasionally coruscating ire This is first class history and in a year swamped with First World War centenary books, its the one you should read first.Andrew Roberts, author of The Storm of War A New History of the Second World WarTim Butcher, one of the bravest and kindest foreign journalists who saw the Bosnian war, has written a splendid book, part memoir, part history, of that country, ingeniously using the assassin of 1914 as an anti hero It takes its place among classics of Balkan history.Norman Stone, author of World War One A Short History and The Eastern Front 1914 1917A fascinating study of one of those rare individuals whose act of violence changed the history of the world An incisive, shrewd, wholly compelling investigation of an assassin s life and times.William Boyd, author of A Good Man in Africa, The Ice Cream War, and Any Human HeartTim Butcher has re written history with this evocative and moving journey in the footsteps of the assassin who sparked the First World War Instead of a naive and misguided Serbian nationalist, he reveals an intelligent and determined South Slav patriot who gave his life for the cause The Serbian state should not have been held to account A superb and important book.Saul David, author of Military Blunders The How and Why of Military Failure and The Illustrated Encyclopedia of WarfareA significant contribution to the growing body of literature on the outbreak of WWI In the 1990s, Butcher covered Yugoslavias collapse into mutual genocide, and his evocative interfacing of his experiences with Princips is a highlight of the book.Publishers WeeklyTake a measure of well researched history, add indelible personal recollections of the Bosnian war, season with piquant vignettes of traversing rural Bosnia on foot and mix with a light touch The result is consistently appetizing and occasionally controversial Tim Butcher goes from strength to strength I enjoyed every paragraph.Dervla Murphy, author of Full Tilt Ireland to India With a Bicycle and Through the Embers of Chaos Balkan JourneysRarely, if ever, can such momentous and tragic events have been sparked by such an unlikely and undistinguished a man, Gavrilo Princip This insightful, useful and delightfully written book shines a unique spotlight on the trigger to the First World War, placing the assassin and his homeland in the wider strategic context A great bookone to be recommended to professional and amateur historian alike.General Sir David Richards, Former Chief of the British Defence StaffA compelling and fascinating read A shadowy assassin brought to life by a writer who gets to grips with a century of Balkan intrigue.Kate Adie, veteran journalist and former Chief News Correspondent for BBC NewsIn this book, a masterpiece of historical empathy and evocation, Tim Butcher goes in search of the person behind the myths A tour de force.Guardian UK A superb account A hybrid of travel and history, The Trigger gets inside the mind of the assassin and seeks to understand Balkan geopolitics on the eve of the first world war and after A triumph of research, it will appeal to the layman and historian alike.Financial Times UK The most original of First World War centenary books A travel narrative of rare resonance and insight.Sunday Times UK The finest contribution so far this year to the rapidly expanding literature on the Great War.Herald ScotlandThe most imaginative and singular book on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.Evening Standard UK Extremely well written, taut and evocative Despite its complex subject, Butcher makes this an easy and engaging read with his breezy style and fascinating encounters Until now, Princips history has been largely obscure to an English speaking audience Thanks to Butchers timely book, this should now change.Daily Telegraph UK A page turning exploration of how the forgotten past continues to inform the present.Independent on Sunday UK Utterly absorbing If journalism is the first draft of history, Butcher marries both disciplines with boldness and 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