Three Faces of War – The Assassin
What Really Happened In Sarajevo On That June Day A Hundred Years Ago
Making a welcome return tonight is journalist-turned-investigative-historian, Tim Butcher. Tim specialises in covering awkward places at difficult moments: Kurdistan under attack in 1991 by Saddam Hussein, Sarajevo during the Bosnian War of the 1990s, the Allied attack on Iraq in 2003, Israel’s 2006 clash with Hizbollah in southern Lebanon among other crises. All good preparation, then for tonight’s skirmish with Ian…
But it’s not all fol-de-rol and bon mots ce soir. Tim’s new, widely-praised book is a quest to find history’s most famous terrorist before Osama bin Laden… Gavrilo Princip, the teenage assassin who triggered the catastrophic series of events that led to the First World War.
You may think that everything that could possibly be told about this particular Bosnian Serb has already been written. Not so. Listen to tonight’s show – and read Tim’s excellent book, The Trigger – and you will appreciate why reviewers have been showering it, and him, with praise. We’re indeed proud to host him tonight.