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“The most original of First World War centenary books. . . . A travel narrative of rare resonance and insight.” Sunday Times (UK)
Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War
978-0-8021-2389-3 • $16.00 • Paperback • June 2015
“A fascinating history of a complex region rife with ethnic rivalries and a vivid travelogue. . . . A haunting and illuminating book.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
On a summer morning in Sarajevo almost a hundred years ago, a teenager took a pistol out of his pocket and fired not just the opening rounds of the First World War but the starting gun for modern history. By killing Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Gavrilo Princip, started a cycle of events that would leave 15 million dead from fighting between 1914 and 1918 and proved fatal for empires and a way of ruling that had held for centuries.
The Trigger tells the story of a young man who changed the world forever. It focuses on the drama of the incident itself by following Prinip’s journey. By retracing his steps from the feudal frontier village of his birth, through the mountains of the northern Balkans to the great plain city of Belgrade and ultimately Sarajevo, Tim Butcher illuminates our understanding of Princip the person and the place that shaped himand makes discoveries about him that have eluded historians for a hundred years. Traveling through the Balkans on Princip’s trail, and drawing on his own experiences there as a war reporter during the 1990s, Butler unravels this complex part of the world and its conflicts, and shows