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Pauline Neville-Jones clashed with Richard Holbrooke at Dayton but finds his book a gripping, albeit anti-European, account of the Bosnian débacle

To End a War is a good book, well-written and very readable. Personalities are graphically drawn and Dick Holbrooke conveys the atmosphere of anxiety and tension around the culmination of the Bosnian conflict and the ensuing negotiations at Dayton, Ohio in late 1995. It is invaluable to have such a substantial contribution to the public record written by a principal player so soon after the events. It is also quite a bold book for him to have written at this stage in his career.

Holbrooke picks up the story at the moment of his own central involvement, which was precipitated…

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