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READ KINDLE é Hunting the Tiger: The Fast Life and Violent Death of the Balkans' Most Dangerous Man Á Hardcover and dust jacket, as pictured remainder mark small tear on dust jacket edge bio The USS Arizona: The Ship, the Men, the Pearl Harbor Attack, and the Symbol That Aroused America as pictured remainder mark small tear on dust jacket edge bio Structurally, the book feels kind of hacked together A lot of the information is conjecture, speculation, and supposition. Author Christopher S Stewart is the master of nonfiction biographies Stewart s impressive investigative journalism background contributes to the intricate details of HUNTING THE TIGER Stewart also wrote a compelling article for Conde Nast Porfolio about Russian dissident and extreme badass Mikhail Khodorkovsky, which is where I first discovered this talented journalist.The book begins with a horrifying train ride through Serbia, with an outcome where Stewart should be thanking god, the univer Author Christopher S Stewart is the master of nonfiction biographies Stewart s impressive investigative journalism background contributes to the intricate details of HUNTING THE TIGER Stewart also wrote a compelling article for Conde Nast Porfolio about Russian dissident and extreme badass Mikhail Khodorkovsky, which is where I first discovered this talented journalist.The book begins with a horrifying train ride through Serbia, with an outcome where Stewart should be thanking god, the universe, or whatever he believes in to this day This incident spurred his obsession with Serbia, most notably, the Serbian leader Arkan, who was known as the Hitler of former Yugoslavia, esp in the methods he and his militia, The Tigers, used such as torture, murder and imprisonment of victims All in all, Arkan was a sick bastard, but Stewart goes behind the image and legend to trace the footsteps of this warlord from childhood to his death As a child Arkan was influenced by two things John Wayne movies and his father s disturbing and militant punishments, which as a reader, I conclude molded Arkan s sociopath brain to a level beyond human comprehension.Stewart investigated this book meticulously, as he accounts for every police report to Arkan s days as a bank robber in Europe to how he acquired his army As for the details of Arkan and his tigers atrocities, the reader should have a strong stomach, but it is vital to know what really happened and who this man really was.On a separate note, Stewart captures the underbelly of Eastern Europe to a tee I lived there for two years, and some parts of Eastern European are downright scary Stewart also captures the history of the region, explaining to the layman the complex history that started with the violence of the Turks and Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century to Muslims, Orthodox Christians and Catholics being forced to live with one another Then in WWII, the Nazi Croats imprisoned Serbs, Jews and gypsies And somehow, with all of this disturbing history, the people were expected to live together peacefully What a joke It s no wonder the powder keg exploded in the early nineties, after the collapse of the Iron Curtain, and the Yugoslavs all went after each other From Stewart s book, I learned every religious and ethnic group was at fault they all did horrible things to each other and then paid the price It s a sad and horrific story, yet compelling and intoxicating too, one that Stewart tells remarkably well Really poorly written biography of an interesting mass murderer Most interesting was how the Yugoslav secret service hired criminals to be their secret agents who would go abroad to commit murder for the state The thinking being that peopledisposed to criminal activities would have less scruples about killing another person.What s interesting about Arkan is what s interesting about Hitler okay, Hitler s way better How did someone convince so many people to commit such horrible atrocit Really poorly written biography of an interesting mass murderer Most interesting was how the Yugoslav secret service hired criminals to be their secret agents who would go abroad to commit murder for the state The thinking being that peopledisposed to criminal activities would have less scruples about killing another person.What s interesting about Arkan is what s interesting about Hitler okay, Hitler s way better How did someone convince so many people to commit such horrible atrocities Arkan was clearly ambitious crazy from the beginning and seemingly was in the right place at the right time like Hitler It was during this time of incredible national distress that Arkan s way of life became palatable, then attractive, and finally unstoppable This reads like a breathless hagiographic caricature of Arkan, a Balkan warlord, war criminal, mass murderer, drug trafficker, professional assassin, bank robber, murdered, and a key player in the Serbian secret police The author is clearly fascinated by him, yet seems to lack an understanding of the atmosphere of the time and the setting in which Arkan was moving Even though it relies on some interviews with some of the players, the author lacks the depth of knowledge or sophistication to pul This reads like a breathless hagiographic caricature of Arkan, a Balkan warlord, war criminal, mass murderer, drug trafficker, professional assassin, bank robber, murdered, and a key player in the Serbian secret police The author is clearly fascinated by him, yet seems to lack an understanding of the atmosphere of the time and the setting in which Arkan was moving Even though it relies on some interviews with some of the players, the author lacks the depth of knowledge or sophistication to pull of such a tricky autobiography It reads like a fictionalized biography of a great historical figure that one would find in grade school Such a person cannot be treated as a hero