One Morning in Sarajevo

Posted on on 18 June 2014
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Author: David James Smith
Publication Date: 28 May 2009

Publisher's Description

"This is the true history of the young men who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand and shaped the twentieth century. In an exciting new work of non-fiction that is every bit as thrilling as The Day Of The Jackal, David James Smith brilliantly re-investigates the plot that changed the world.

One Morning In Sarajevo reconstructs the last days of the imperial powers on the brink of the great war. Here is the story of the poor Bosnian students who set out to strike a blow for Serbia and inadvertently started that war. Smith has returned to the original sources and found the few surviving witnesses to those far-off times.

Gavrilo Princip fired the shots but he was not the lone gunman that most people remember. David James Smith rediscovers Princip and his fellow plotters and gives them back their place in history, vividly evoking their lives and the dramatic events that enveloped them.

Young Princip comes to the Vlajnic pastry shop on a side street in Sarajevo in the early morning of 28 June 1914. While his co-conspirators order coffee and cakes and flirt with the waitress, Princip readies the gun and the bomb in his waistband and prepares to avenge Serbia. Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austrian empire will soon be called to accunt for five hundreds years of Serbian oppression…"

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