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The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War (2014)

by Tim Butcher

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I really liked this book! It developed into a saga I had not expected. Not only does the author cover the life and times of Gavrilo Princip, he also deals with the geography of the Balkans, some of its politics, its history. In a relatively short book the author adequately covers a great deal of ground. Of particular interest to me is the evolution of Princip's political views and philosophy. I will not spoil the book, but suffice to say Princip's ultimate goals were shown not to what I had believed after reading many books on the origins of WWI.

Tim Butcher does an outstanding of job of walking us through the growth and motivation for Princip in the assassination in June, 1914. Very much worth the read. ( )
1 vote douboy50 | Nov 11, 2014 |
Thought the tone of Butcher's book was just really friendly and personable. It's so much easier to learn about history, geography, politics, etc. when you're got such a brilliant narrator!
1 vote Editors_at_Longitude | Jul 28, 2014 |
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This story springs from many sources, but the most powerful one for me was a discovery I made at a street market in Sarajevo, back when the city was under siege in 1994.
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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 him—and 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 how the events that were sparked that day in June 1914 still have influence today. Published for the centenary of the assassination, The Trigger is a rich and timely work, part travelogue, part reportage, and part history.

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"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."--Publisher's description.… (more)

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