I bought this book a few years ago when at the time, and my family would no doubt testify to this, I became a bit OCD about the recent Balkans history.This was probably a combination of doing 4 tours in 4 years in the area and therefore wanting to know all about it and other peoples' experiences. This book also covered the author's time in Chechyna. I enjoyed this book in parts and despised it in others. He is very skilled at describing the horrors and lunacy of wars that closely involve civilians,its thought provoking stuff and I would imagine many users of these boards will be very familiar with the place names mentioned. That said I got the impression that he set out to Bosnia with the firm intention that a book of his experiences would be the end product; its a bit lightweight in places and verging towards the cliche-ridden. I couldnt help thinking of Dennis Hopper's portrayal of the photo-journalist in Apocalypse Now and wondered if this is how Loyd saw himself. The comparison leads me on to why I despised parts of it. A lot of the book is very open about Loyd's drug use,alcohol use and his relationship with his father; wallowing in various forms of self-pity and then looking for a war(or wars) to find yourself or redemption is something I find selfish.In fact the feeling that Loyd treats wars as some form of the ultimate pornography is never too far away. All in all, a good read .Theres no denying that Loyd is thoughtful,clever and very articulate.I'd recommend it but perhaps only to a younger generation,which due to the style of writing is possibly what Loyd aimed for.