This is a high-octane account by a decorated major in the British Army of his high-level dealings with the Bosnian Serb leadership, of his running a "Schindler's List" operation in Sarajevo, and of his extraordinary subsequent arrest by Ministry of Defence police on suspicion of betraying secrets to the Serbs.
Fuelled by outrage at his arrest in December 1997 by MoD police, Milos Stankovic - the son of royalist Serb emigres and a major in the Parachute Regiment of the British Army - decided to write his extraordinary story: a dramatic tale of life on the edge in war-ravaged Bosnia.
Because of his fluency in Serbo-Croat, Stankovic (known as "Mike Stanley" in the Army) acted as the high-powered go-between for General Mike Rose (commander of Britain's UN force) and the Bosnian Serb leaders Mladic and Karadzic (who hated each other). Shuttling between the two camps, he played a crucial part in securing the release of UN hostages and in establishing ceasefire accords. His life was constantly at risk; nevertheless, with Rose's full support, he ran a "Schindler's List" operation, smuggling families (Serb, Croat or Muslim) out of besieged Sarajevo.
His arrest came as a thunderbolt. What lay behind it will be revealed in the book - and will ignite an international controversy.
- Publication Date:
- 05 / 07 / 2000
- 143 x 225mm