The gripping, untold story of The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and how the perpetrators of Balkan war crimes were captured by the most successful manhunt in history Written with a thrilling narrative pull, The Butcher's Trail chronicles the pursuit and capture of the Balkan war criminals indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague. Borger recounts how Radovan Karadcic and Ratko Mladic -both now on trial in The Hague-were finally tracked down, and describes the intrigue behind the arrest of Slobodan Milosevic, the Yugoslav president who became the first head of state to stand before an international tribunal for crimes perpetrated in a time of war. Based on interviews with former special forces soldiers, intelligence officials, and investigators from a dozen countries-most speaking about their involvement for the first time-this book reconstructs a fourteen-year manhunt carried out almost entirely in secret. Indicting the worst war criminals that Europe had known since the Nazi era, the ICTY ultimately accounted for all 161 suspects on its wanted list, a feat never before achieved in political and military history.
'"[A] vivid, page-turning account...A well-organized, deeply researched work that ably digests the Balkan war, the criminals, the criminal court, and its legacy." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"Gripping." -The Independent"Well researched...timely." -The Wall Street Journal"What Julian Borger has achieved in this superb account of the tribunal's manhunt is much more than a litany of these crimes. It is an elegantly written, powerfully convincing reckoning of how the world stumblingly faced up to a reality that should not have been: war crimes in modern Europe. He focuses on the manhunt as a single thread in the complex Balkan story, partly as a way to reveal how that region influences our wider world today, through rendition, jihad - and the delicate flower of international law...Borger is honest about the muddles and misunderstandings. He recounts America's early muscle-bound efforts to go after targets...The early snatch operations - target cars being rammed from behind and pushed into pre-arranged ambush positions - provide great military theatre, but Borger shows how the greatest scalps for the tribunal were won through diplomatic finesse: the moderate leaders of Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia were told that a pre-condition of those tiny new nations being welcomed as equals by the international community was the surrender of war crimes suspects." -The Guardian (US)"Borger... handles [this] complicated story with flair and confidence. Vividly written, packed with lively character sketches of spymasters, lawyers and diplomats, The Butcher's Trail is a deeply researched account of the hunt for some of the worst war criminals of the late 20th century...[and] an important work that adds greatly to our understanding of how international criminal justice has evolved and offers lessons for future war crimes investigations." -Newsweek" The Butcher's Trail create[s] what may ultimately become one of the defining accounts of this episode of Balkan history." -The National"Borger's compelling, readable prose with these stories of assault on impunity offer a rare opportunity to penetrate the 'nationalist bromides' and 'sounds of slogans' that continue to hold these countries back in ways that are tragic in all sorts of new, post-war ways...Fascinating." -The Arts Fuse"Presented in captivating detail [and] often playing out like a true-life spy novel...fascinating." -Library Journal"Vivid...well-researched." -Publishers Weekly"A simultaneously thrilling and horrifying read." -Signature"A well-researched, sobering chronicle...a necessary and admirable achievement." -Washington Independent Review of Books"The Butcher's Trail takes an immediate place on the short shelf of indispensable books about the Milosevic war and its long and complicated aftermath. Borger's vivid prose and closely-channelled moral involvement give his account a memorable power. Living history is seldom written this well." -Open Letters Monthly" The Butcher's Trail reads like a cross between a John le Carre novel and the latest Bourne installment. Except this fine book is true. At a time when Europe's ugly nationalisms are resurgent, Borger's account of war crimes in the former Yugoslavia and the pursuit of justice could not be more important." -Eric Schlosser, author of Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus accident, and the Illusion of Safety"Julian Borger reveals in riveting new detail exactly how a daring team secretly tracked down some of the worst war criminals of our time, and in doing, he shows us what it takes for justice to win. This book is brilliantly researched, beautifully written and important." -Ann Curry"Julian Borger's thrilling history of the hunt for the infamous Balkan war criminals-Slobodan Milosevic and Radovan Karadzic among them euphemisms for late 20th Century evil-and the torturous path to creating and empow