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Misha Glenny was born in 1958 and educated at Bristol Universty and Charles University in Prague. His coverage of the fall of communism in 1989-1990 was widely acclaimed and led to the writing of his first book, The Rebirth of History. During the Yugoslav crisis of the early 1990s, he was the Central Europe correspondent for the BBC World Service. In 1993, he won a Sony Award for his coverage of Yugoslavia. Glenny's The Fall of Yugoslavia (1993) won the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Book on Foreign Affairs. His other books include McMafia: Journey through the Global Underworld and DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops, and You. He has written for most major news outlets in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia and has lectured around the world, most recently as a Visiting Professor at Columbia University.
"The first comprehensive history of the relationship in the modern era between the great powers and the various Balkan peoples." -- San Francisco Chronicle "A very considerable achievement . . . both heart-rending and beautifully judged." -- David Rieff, Los Angeles Times "Excellent . . . Glenny's audacious theme is that the Balkans are not a freestanding powder keg, but a 'powder trail' laid by the great powers themselves." -- Dusko Doder, The New Republic "Misha Glenny is the wisest and most reflective of all the Western journalists who have covered this part of Europe in the past two decades . . . this was an enormously ambitious book to undertake, but it is the book which Europe and America need." -- Neal Ascherson, Observer (UK) "His book covers an amazing amount of historical and geographical ground, ranging from early nineteenth-century Greece to Kosovo the day before yesterday. . . . This is popular history of the Norman Davies school, conceived on a large scale, highly readable, accessible, full of the music of the past. Its great strengths are evocation, fascinating detail and narrative sweep. A great achievement." -- Timothy Garton Ash, Mail on Sunday (UK) "Above all, the book is justified by the insights which add up to a convincing picture of the problems." -- Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Sunday Times (London) "An endeavor which deserves extraordinary admiration and as yet has no rival." -- Jonathan Steele, Guardian (UK) "Compelling . . . Glenny's book should be required reading for all those wishing to know what has gone wrong with the region." -- Jonathan Eyal, Irish Times