Bombs for Peace

NATO’s Humanitarian War on Yugoslavia

George Szamuely

Bombs for Peace

George Szamuely

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

584 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $85.95 ISBN: 9789089645630 Published February 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
In the late 1990s NATO dropped bombs and supported armed insurgencies in Yugoslavia while insisting that its motives were purely humanitarian and that its only goal was peace. However, George Szamuely argues that NATO interventions actually prolonged conflicts, heightened enmity, increased casualties, and fueled demands for more interventions.

Eschewing the one-sided approach adopted by previous works on the Yugoslavian crisis, Szamuely offers a broad overview of the conflict, its role in the rise of NATO’s authority, and its influence on Western policy on the Balkans. His timely, judicious, and accessible study sheds new light on the roots of the contemporary doctrine of humanitarian intervention.


Chapter 1 Destroying Countries for Fun and for Profit

Chapter 2 In Search of the Good War

Chapter 3 Humanitarianism v. Peacemaking

Chapter 4 Humanitarianism Fulfilled: The Unsafe Areas

Chapter 5 The Denial of Sovereignty

Chapter 6 The Set-Up

Chapter 7 Standing up to Goliath

Chapter 8 Conclusion: First Do No Harm

Review Quotes
Monthly Review
“A revealing and sharply argued analysis of Western intervention in the Balkan wars of the 1990s. . . . Prodigiously researched, Bombs for Peace is graced with the elegant prose style typical of the author, and with his long-held passion for justice. It is so beautifully written that it is hard to put down, and constitutes a damning exposé of Western policy.” 
Robert M. Hayden | University of Pittsburgh
“This book is an important reanalysis of the propaganda and self-serving deceptions that were used by NATO governments and major human rights organizations during the Yugoslav conflicts.”
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