Book Review of Balkan Ghosts : A Journey Through History (Vintage Departures)

Balkan Ghosts : A Journey Through History (Vintage Departures)
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The author, a correspondent covering Greece also reported on the wars in Afghanistan, the Middle East, and Africa. His travels in the 1980's included Yugoslavia (as unified by Marshall Tito), Romania, and Bulgaria. While his observations of the former are especially significant given the collapse into civil war in the 1990s, I found his travels in Romania especially interesting.
He often quotes the famous writers/travelers to these regions in the early 20th C., John Reed, etc.
He notes Bulgaria was well positioned in the Warsaw Pact in that it had no occupying army from the USSR and had a 'big brother' to back it against Turkey.
A few footnotes, bibliography, and index.