Bosnia Journal: An American Civilian's Account of His Service with the 1st Armored Division and the

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Infinity Publishing, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 212 pages
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James Nelson spent 1996 at HQ Russian Brigade in Bosnia where he was the main American interpreter. This is his account of what he saw, heard, and experienced.

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This is an account of Dr. James Nelson's year of service as a civilian interpreter with the American and Russian peacekeepers in Bosnia. Dr. Nelson is a former military man, having served in Air Force intelligence during the Cold War, where he learned Russian, later earning a Ph.D. in Russian linguistics and working for an American company in the Soviet Union for several years in the late 70's. His experiences give him an unusually good level of insight into the character of the Russian soldiers with whom the American army was cooperating during the Bosnia mission. The book is filled with entertaining anecdotes and reads like a good story.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in military history, peacekeeping, or Russian-American relations.

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About the author (2004)

James L. Nelson is the author of 15 works of fiction and nonfiction. His novels include the five books of his "Revolution at Sea" saga and three in his "Brethren of the Coast" series. His novel "Glory in the Name" won the American Library Association's W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Best Military Fiction. "Reign of Iron: The Story of the First Battling Ironclads", 2003, was his first work of nonfiction, and he has since authored two other histories of naval warfare in the American Revolution: "Benedict Arnold's Navy" and "George Washington's Secret Navy", which earned the Samuel Eliot Morison Award from the Naval Order of the United States. The Morison Award is one of the top honors accorded maritime historians in the U.S., and past winners include David McCullough and Patrick O'Brian.

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