Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation is the first book to go behind the public face of war and into the closed worlds of the key players in the conflict. After years of research and hundreds of interviews, Laura Silber, Balkans correspondent for the Financial Times, and Allan Little, award-winning BBC journalist, present a vivid account of the war drawn from its participants and eyewitnesses - citizens, soldiers and politicians. Challenging the conventional wisdom that the war occurred as a spontaneous and inevitable eruption of ethnic hatreds, the authors expose, from the shelling of Dubrovnik to the peace talks in Dayton, a plan to divide the country by force of arms. Could anything have been done to prevent this terrible tragedy? What will be its lasting effects? Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation explains how we arrived at the atrocities that no one could imagine in the euphoria surrounding the collapse of the Berlin Wall in late 1989.