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