The latest customer review on Amazon.com, written by Young I. Kim, for "Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia" (2008, AMACOM Books, New York):
"Not My Turn To Die" is a personal account of Savo Heleta who survived the Bosnian conflict as a teenager. In many ways, we're blessed that Savo witnessed the best and the worst of humanity as a young Serb growing up in fear in the Muslim-controlled city of Gorazde.
Whereas other books and memoirs tend to explain the political or religious conflicts of why the Bosnia civil war happened and endured, Not My Turn To Die just focuses on how the effects of a brutal siege affects Savo Heleta, his younger sister, his parents, and grandparents.
Through the author's account, we see the worst of humanity on display, like neighbors and long-time friends turning on each other over ethnic lines or greed. Yet Savo's story is a journey of survival, helped by generosity of strangers who risked their lives to ensure that the Heleta family and other innocent bystanders have a future.
I don't recall reading another book where I felt so angered by mankind and yet so moved at the same time.
I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It's a brutal, honest reflection of one of the darkest hours of human history. Yet the author shows us that there's beauty that can arise from the ugliness.