Tim Marshall – Shadowplay: Behind the Lines and Under Fire


A gripping eyewitness account of a major 20th-century military conflict by the UK’s most popular writer on geopolitics.

The shattering of Yugoslavia in the 1990s showed that, after nearly 50 years of peace, war could return to Europe. It came to its bloody conclusion in Kosovo in 1999.

Tim Marshall, then diplomatic editor at Sky News, was on the ground covering the Kosovo War. This is his illuminating account of how events unfolded, a thrilling journalistic memoir drawing on personal experience, eyewitness accounts, and interviews with intelligence officials from five countries.

Twenty years on from the war’s end, with the rise of Russian power, a weakened NATO and stalled EU expansion, this story is more relevant than ever, as questions remain about the possibility of conflict on European soil. Utterly gripping, this is Tim Marshall at his very best: behind the lines, under fire, and full of the insight that has made him one of Britain’s foremost writers on geopolitics.

Author: Tim Marshall
Narrator: Tim Marshall
Duration: 8 hours 8 minutes
Released: 19 Jan 2010
Publisher: Elliot & Thompson Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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My advice is to look closely at the summary, and don’t make the mistake I made, thinking this was going to be a comprehensive account of the Yugoslav wars in the ’90s. As became apparent listening (and fairly presented in the summary), it is primarily about the latter part of the conflicts, Kosovo and the subsequent political fall of Slobodan Milosevic. I had expected more about Croatia and Bosnia.

But the real problem is that there is very little of interest in the accounts. There are some inside stories and rivalries of journalists, none particularly salacious, self-aggrandizing stories of the rigors of being a war correspondent, and cynical decision-making of military and intelligence officers. But nothing terribly new or illuminating. All of which made the heavy breathing and lip-smacking of an author reading their own material less tolerable than it might have been.