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1 Laffan, R.G.D. THE SERBS: THE GUARDIANS AT THE GATE.
Dorset, New York, 1989, reprint. 
299 pp, 8vo (8 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0880294132 Maps. " 'The Serbs' was originally a series of lectures delivered by the renowned British historian R.G.D. Laffan. (His) lectures became so famous they were collected and publish ed in book form. Out of print for many years, (this) is the classic book on an important and misunderstood people. Too many of us only know the Serbs as precipitators of World War I, when a Serbian nationalist assassinated Austrian Archduke F r a n c i s Ferdinand in 1914 causing Austria to declare war. But Serbian history is eventful and filled with intrigue. To give us one example, (the author) brings to brilliant life the Turkish war with Serbia in which the great Serbian nobilit y w as n ea rl y annihilated, its lands distributed to the Turkish military aristocracy and the Serbian Christian peasants treated like slaves. All through this occupation the Serbs were forbidden to possess weapons, but an unquenchable desire fo r fre edo m l ed to fr equent insurrection. Finally the Treaty of Adrianople forced the Turks to evacuate. Anyone interested in a historical perpective of a great and heroic people will find (this book) as absorbing as it is inspiring. For, as Pr of esso r La ffan wr ite s ' the Serbs have shown that, despite adversity and homelessness, their spirit remains unconquerable'." Dust jacket has minor rubbing, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
PEACEKEEPER:  THE ROAD TO SARAJEVO., MacKenzie, Lewis.
2 MacKenzie, Lewis. PEACEKEEPER: THE ROAD TO SARAJEVO.
Vancouver Douglas & McIntyre 1993 155054098X / 9781550540987 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
345 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). Map endpapers, b&w photographs, maps. "Brave, tough, resourceful, and, rarest of all, blessed with an irreverent sense of humour, (Major-General Lewis) MacKenzie needed all those qualities for the biggest assignment of his military career: striving for peace among the warring factions in the former Yugoslavia. In this riveting memoir, MacKenzie describes how he created Sector Sarajevo, and with a 30-nation UN force set out to liberate the airport to receive desperately needed food and medical supplies. MacKenzie's outstanding and unorthodox leadership catapulted him to the status of an international celebrity, as he used the media - 'the only weapon I had' - to maximum advantage. Against the daily drama of shelling, sabotage, murder and shameless propaganda, motivated by ethnic hatreds, MacKenzie's adventures in Sarajevo read like a war novel - except that it is all tragically true. With the verve of a natural storyteller, (he) also recounts the often bizarre highlights of eight previous peacekeeping tours in the Middle East, Cyprus and Vietnam. From bluffing his way through the Turkish-Cypriot lines to boisterous forays into Saigon's netherworld; from basketball in the Gaza Strip to dodging sniper fire in Sarajevo; from daring diplomatic improvisations to bluntly outspoken criticisms of the UN bureaucracy: here is a veteran peackeeper's frank, funny and unforgettable story." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine/front hinge. Dust jacket has minor rubbing, tiny tear and wrinkling at bottom of front hinge/front panel. 
Price: 16.00 USD
 
 
PEACEKEEPER:  THE ROAD TO SARAJEVO., MacKenzie, Lewis.
3 MacKenzie, Lewis. PEACEKEEPER: THE ROAD TO SARAJEVO.
Vancouver Douglas & McIntyre 1993 155054098X / 9781550540987 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ 
345 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). Map endpapers, b&w photographs, maps. "Brave, tough, resourceful, and, rarest of all, blessed with an irreverent sense of humour, (Major-General Lewis) MacKenzie needed all those qualities for the biggest assignment of his military career: striving for peace among the warring factions in the former Yugoslavia. In this riveting memoir, MacKenzie describes how he created Sector Sarajevo, and with a 30-nation UN force set out to liberate the airport to receive desperately needed food and medical supplies. MacKenzie's outstanding and unorthodox leadership catapulted him to the status of an international celebrity, as he used the media - 'the only weapon I had' - to maximum advantage. Against the daily drama of shelling, sabotage, murder and shameless propaganda, motivated by ethnic hatreds, MacKenzie's adventures in Sarajevo read like a war novel - except that it is all tragically true. With the verve of a natural storyteller, (he) also recounts the often bizarre highlights of eight previous peacekeeping tours in the Middle East, Cyprus and Vietnam. From bluffing his way through the Turkish-Cypriot lines to boisterous forays into Saigon's netherworld; from basketball in the Gaza Strip to dodging sniper fire in Sarajevo; from daring diplomatic improvisations to bluntly outspoken criticisms of the UN bureaucracy: here is a veteran peackeeper's frank, funny and unforgettable story." Slight bump at bottom of spine with a tiny tear at bottom of rear hinge. Dust jacket has minor rubbing, minor crease at bottom of front flap. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
SOME OF IT WAS FUN., Reyburn, Wallace.  Illustrated by Peter Whalley.
4 Reyburn, Wallace. Illustrated by Peter Whalley. SOME OF IT WAS FUN.
Thomas Nelson & Sons (Canada), Toronto, 1949. 
199 pp, large 8vo (9 9/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w cartoons. " 'After four years of peace', Wallace Reyburn, well-known Canadian War Correspondent and now editor of New Liberty Magazine, has written a very vivid and humorous account of his experiences during the war. (It) contains a lot of personal reminiscences and personal references. Most of the book is hilariously funny and brings out the lighter side of the war but occasionally, (he) inserts a very serious chapter in which h e points out that 'some of it was not fun'." Previous owner's name on free front end paper, light browning to pages and end papers, faint erased pencil marks on rear pastedown, moderate browning to edges of text block - small soiling mark on f o r e - e dge and on top of text block, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, faint foxing marks on rear board, repaired tear at bottom of rear hinge, very light edge wear, small area of color fading at top of spine. Dust jacket has small and large c hi ps /t ea rs , browning on inside with foxing on inside of rear panel, light fading to spine color, light edge wear/wrinkling, light rubbing and soiling. Very Good-/Fair 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
5 Swift, Michael. HISTORICAL MAPS OF EUROPE.
London PRC 2000 1856485757 / 9781856485753 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
144 pp, oblong large 8vo (9 7/8" H x 11 1/4" D). B&w and colour maps. "The maps in this book are reprinted from the collection held at the Public Records office in Kew, London. These superbly crafted charts, which have been accumulated from sources all over Europe over many years, are remarkable documents that until now have been accessible only to researchers. Dating from the earliest days of professional mapmaking they chart over three centuries of European history through cartography. From the earliest representations of the mapmakers art in the 16th century, when the skills required to produce detailed scale maps first developed, to the elegant charts of the 19th century, they show the rise and fall of empires and the development of powerful nations. With an introduction that chronicles European history and detailed captions that explain the historical context of each of the maps, this is a fascinating work that is as insightful as it is attractive." Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
AUNTIE MABEL'S WAR:  AN ACCOUNT OF HER PART IN THE HOSTILITIES OF 1914-18., Wenzel, Marian and Cornish, John, compilers.
6 Wenzel, Marian and Cornish, John, compilers. AUNTIE MABEL'S WAR: AN ACCOUNT OF HER PART IN THE HOSTILITIES OF 1914-18.
London Allen Lane 1980 0713912650 / 9780713912654 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good- 
128 pp, oblong 8vo (7 3/4" H x 10 1/4" D). Profusely illustrated with b&w reproductions of photographs, postcards, newspaper clipping, maps, etc. "There have been many books of the experiences of men and women in the First World War. (This one) is different. It is the story of a nurse who served in Northern France and the Balkans with the Scottish Women's Hospital - a suffragette organization. Turning the pages, the reader has a vivid impression of actually being present as Mabel lives and copes with the war. The undoubted oddities of Mabel's character and her frequent lapses in taste are a major delight of the book. Coming from a solid middle-class family, makers of the famous Fox's umbrellas in Stocksbridge, the war is a liberation for her and she displays no interest in returning to England and her family. It is a most most unusual book and Mabel an unlikely heroine. Its charm lies in the sense of immediacy and period with which it illuminates one tiny corner of the Great War." Previous owner's initials, place and date in pen on free front endpaper, very light edge wear, small light stain on bottom of text block, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, tiny bump at corners of boards. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling, light rubbing, 2" taped tear with multiple creases on rear panel. very small round label on rear flap. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 


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