Seattle journalist and human rights activist Peter Lippman’s interest, and activity in the Balkans ranges back to the conflicts which raged there in the 1990s, and beyond. How things recovered in a particular part of that all is chronicled in his new book, Surviving the Peace: The Struggle for Postwar Recovery in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Vanderbilt University Press).
"Once the shooting stops, most reporters and commentators pack up and go home, as if everything important is over. Yet, as Lippman so eloquently shows, for many, an entirely new life has begun, one they are not prepared for and have few resources to manage. Moreover, there appears to be almost an aversion to reporting on successes, i.e., former enemies reconnecting and working together. It does exist and is the part we should be emphasizing. Lippman reports both the successes and failures, as well as the continued challenges faced by a society torn apart by ethnic hatred. This book is about this little-addressed aspect of war—what happens when the shooting stops—and how ordinary people are critical in reconstituting community." —Judith Armatta.