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    The driver's decision to turn into Franz Joseph Street and not continue down the Appel uay as had been decided back at the town hall was a stroke of assassin's luck for Gavrilo Princip When General Potiorek spotted what was happening he shouted at the driver ordering him immediately to stop and reverse back out onto the Appel uay Instead of his target speeding past Princip saw the Archduke Franz Ferdinand slow right in front of him only a

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    I wasn’t especially interested in the subject of this book Gavrilo Princip to begin with; I read it because I had been impressed by one of Tim Butcher’s earlier books Blood River an exciting and well written account of a long and dangerous journey through Central Africa Like Blood River The Trigger is a mixture of history tra

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    Subtitled “The Hunt for Gavrilo Princip; The Assassin who Brought the World to War” this is part biography part history and part travel book Indeed it is written by Tim Butcher who is probably best known for his travel writing and whose interest in Gavrilo Princip was first aroused when he was a young reporter in Serajevo during the Bo

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    A concise compelling accessible book that is part history part travelogue part memoir and wholly unmissableA fascinating investigatio

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    An excellent multi layered historytraveloguepersonal story tracing the journey of Gavrilo Princip from remote Bosnian village to initiator of World War 1Tim Butcher brings alive the story of Gavrilo Princip by physically following the young Bosnian Serb's journey from his remote village to the streets of Sarajevo The author paints a fascinati

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    Born in a village on the remote western edge of Bosnia Princip had undergone a process of radicalization at the schools he attended across the region a journey that culminated in the assassination in Sarajevo Eventually the

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    Really not for me I felt deceived by the title which suggests an examination of the life of Gavrilo Princip who assassinated Arch duke Ferdinand leading to the outbreak of the First World War I also expected some

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    Scintillating biography of the man who changed the world By firing that bullet into the jugular of the Habsburg heir on that sunny mor

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    Find this and other reviews at addiction to the final chapters of Hapsburg rule in Austria is well known and thoroughly documented so it should come as no surprise that I jumped when my father gifted me a copy of The Trigger Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War by Tim Butcher The assassination of Franz Ferd

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    Franz Ferdinand no not the rock band was the Archduke of the Austro Hungarians next in line for the throne when he was assassinated in July of 1914 in SarajevoGavrilo Princip was the 19yo Bosnian Serb who murdered him In his view the best way to bring solidarity amongst all Southern Slavs they being Bosnian Serbs Bosnian Croats and Bosnian MuslimsThe assassination of Ferdinand was the trigger that got the dominoes falling The A

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Rade and ultimately Sarajevo Tim Butcher illuminates our understanding both of Princip and the places that shaped him Tim uncovers details about Princip that have eluded historians for a century and draws on his own experience as a war reporter in the Balkans in the 1990s to face down ghosts of conflicts past and present The Trigger is a rich and timely work that brings to life both the moment the world first went to war and an extraordinary region with a potent hold over histor Really not for me I felt deceived by the title which suggests an examination of the life of Gavrilo Princip who assassinated Arch duke Ferdinand leading to the outbreak of the First World War I also expected some discussion of Serbian nationalism There is some of that in this book but in the main it is a travelogue of the author in the former Yugoslavia which I was not that interested in Much of this was focused on personal experiences of the authorI have read Hearts Grown Brutal Sagas of Sarajevo which is superior journalism to what is in this book

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On a summer morning in Sarajevo a hundred years ago a teenage assassin named Gavrilo Princip fired not just the opening shots of the First World War but the starting gun for modern history when he killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand Yet the events Princip triggered were so monumental that his own story has been largely overlooked his role garbled and motivations misrepresented The Trigger puts this right filling out as never before a figure who changed our world and whose legacy sti The driver s decision to turn into Franz Joseph Street and not continue down the Appel uay as had been decided back at the town hall was a stroke of assassin s luck for Gavrilo Princip When General Potiorek spotted what was happening he shouted at the driver ordering him immediately to stop and reverse back out onto the Appel uay Instead of his target speeding past Princip saw the Archduke Franz Ferdinand slow right in front of him only a few feet away the gallant count so willing to protect the life of his liege on the running board on the other side of the car For the instant it took the driver to find reverse the Archduke was a sitting duck Princip took the Browning pistol in his hand stepped forward from among the crowd on the pavement next to the entrance of the cafe and fired Tim Butcher The Trigger Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to WarEven if you know nothing or practically nothing else about World War I you probably know that it started with the assassination of Austro Hungarian heir Franz Ferdinand in the city of Sarajevo At least that s about as much as I knew when I started my World War I crash course several years ago Exactly why this happened why the murder of an unloved Austrian archduke in a Bosnian city by a Serbian nationalist caused Germany to invade Belgium to get at France in order to defend themselves against Russia is a far complicated storyFranz Ferdinand s death precipitated the so called July Crisis of 1914 a period of diplomatic maneuvering between Austria Hungary Serbia Germany Russia France and Great Britain that ultimately ended with the Guns of August and one of the bloodiest most inexplicable wars in human history There are a lot of books about the July Crisis even so during the centenary commemorations But even the most detailed volumes I ve read usually relegate the actual Sarajevo assassination on June 28 1914 to a page or two The assassin himself a nineteen year old Bosnian Serb named Gavrilo Princip is usually treated as little better than a footnote When I came across Tim Butcher s The Trigger Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War it caught my eye for precisely this reason I wanted to read about the man who unwittingly struck the match that set the world aflame the man who is usually given a couple sentences at the start of any World War I history before receding into the dustbin Butcher s account is not a standard biography Rather it is an entry into the genre I call Historical Road Trips a hybrid literary form that combines elements of travelogue memoir and history Well known authors who ve contributed to this genre include Sarah Vowell Assassination Vacation and Tony Horowitz Confederates in the Attic I didn t know this when I purchased The Trigger for the reason that s one click shopping allows me to make impulse buys without undergoing any sort of decision making process When I found out however I wasn t bothered I have a great affinity for Historical Road Trips mainly because I ve made so many myself Let me tell you about the time I dragged my wife and six month old daughter to the Battle of Cowpens In July In a Subaru We can all laugh now about how a Park Ranger had to find me and inform me of a cataclysmic diaper blowout But at the timeButcher s style will be uite familiar to anyone who s read Vowell or Horowitz He sets out to follow Princip s path to political murder by literally following his path He begins in the tiny town of Obljaj in present day Bosnia and Herzegovina where Princip was born He meets with Princip s family and engages in a lengthy conversation with them about their illustriousinfamous ancestor Afterwards he sets off on foot with his Bosnian friend Arnie to recreate Princip s overland journey to Sarajevo Along the way Butcher dodges landmines from the Balkan Wars talks to a couple fishermen and eats wild mushrooms Butcher writes in a journalistic style which makes sense since he was a journalist and war correspondent for The Daily Telegraph His prose is engaging and detailed and The Trigger is an effortless read The problem for me is that Butcher doesn t do a great job hunting the assassin For long stretches of the book Princip seems to disappear completely This might be a function of reality Princip is an elusive figure He was unheralded and unknown before his historical moment and he died in prison forgotten in the hurricane of blood and destruction he d set in motion In other words he didn t leave much of a paper trail Butcher does the best he can He clearly searches out every scrap of information about Princip and extrapolates as much as he can from the surviving documentation He pores for instance over extant school records that show a young Princip first succeeding in school in Sarajevo and later letting his grades slip as he begins his involvement in the Young Bosnia movement Despite this there isn t enough Princip to fill a book so Butcher resorts to telling essentially two parallel stories The first is his pursuit of Princip the second is Butcher s own experiences as a correspondent during the Balkan Wars of the 1990s Frankly I did not get a lot of mileage from the latter I respect Butcher s work as a war correspondent including the dangers he faced but if I wanted to read all about his experiences I would have sought that out separately It s just filler here and borderline navel gazing There are obviously echoes of the Serbian role in the Great War in the Balkan Wars nearly 80 years later Serbian nationalism and ambition were at work in both But Butcher never tied the two threads together for me in a meaningful way Strangely he espouses sympathy for Princip and his pro Serbian beliefs in 1914 while disdaining the ruthlessness of the Serbs in the 1990s Butcher visits a massacre site from the Balkan Wars while trailing Princip s wispy spirit I liked this book a fair amount but am far from loving it It falls far short of the other Historical Road Trip books I ve read Butcher checks all the boxes by visiting the sites sifting through the archives and interviewing people along the way Unfortunately none of it was made memorable The Trigger is far too solemn even given its subject matter Sarah Vowell and Tony Horowitz also tackle grim subjects but they do it with an eye for the absurd the humorous the enlightening I didn t find that here There is for example a set piece in which Butcher goes to Banja Luka to watch the band Franz Ferdinand play a concert Butcher clearly recognized the delicious preposterousness of an English band named for a dead Austrian heir rocking out in a Bosnian town Butcher goes to the show talks to the band andthat s it The set piece fizzles out into nothingLook I m not here to tell you that World War I historiography needs to be funnier That s not my line In fact I tried out a couple jokes just to be sure Sample Knock knock Who s there The Battle of the Somme The Battle of the Somme who A million dead soldiers It doesn t work on any level Still a hundred years later trying to illuminate the contours of a ghost there is no need to be overly funereal The Trigger really could have used an infusion of wit Especially given the fact that trying to recapture a person s life by actually visiting the landmarks of his life is a uixotic notion At best it is an earnest attempt to capture something ineffable from the past at worst it s just an excuse to write a book Amidst the extraneous details and long digressions The Trigger has things to teach you about Gavrilo Princip I appreciated that even if I could have learned them in a straightforward manner In the end we don t have a lot of concrete information about the assassin There are the memories of his family the route of his travels his grades from school an interview with a psychiatrist while in prison There is his photograph with his eternally haunted eyes All of this is of interest mainly to a serious World War I buff For others it is enough to know that on June 28 1914 he fired two shots at a moving car killed two people and ended up dying of tuberculosis in prison while the rest of the world tore itself to piecesIt is enough for us to wonder What was he thinking about at the end Ford County teenage assassin named Gavrilo Princip fired not just Johannes Cabal the Necromancer the opening shots of Academia Obscura the First World War but Bloot slaat dood the starting gun for modern history when he killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand Yet Wide-Eyed and Legless the events Princip Il rogo di 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Ll has an impact on all of us today Born a penniless backwoodsman Princip’s life changed when he trekked through Bosnia and Serbia to attend school As he ventured across fault lines of faith nationalism and empire so tightly clustered in the Balkans radicalisation slowly transformed him from a frail farm boy into history’s most influential assassinBy retracing Princip’s journey from his highland birthplace through the mythical valleys of Bosnia to the fortress city of Belg A concise compelling accessible book that is part history part travelogue part memoir and wholly unmissableA fascinating investigation into the life and times of Gavrilo Princip the Serbian student who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914 and which was the catalyst for World War OneThis concise accessible compelling book is part history part travelogue and part memoir which explains the history of the Balkans and why despite his momentous action Princip is now all but airbrushed out of the history of the regionTim Butcher also weaves in some of his own memories as a young reporter sent by the Daily Telegraph to cover the Bosnian War during which he chanced upon Princip s tomb being used as a toilet Not only did I come away from this book with an understanding of the complex recent history of the region but also how the role of certain players can be celebrated or ignored according to the prevailing narrative in which the history is writtenPrincip s primary motivation was to rid his land of the occupying Habsburgs who like the Turks before them presided over an almost feudal system that perpetuated the grinding poverty of his own family and which was shared by most from the three major communities in Bosnia the Orthodox Serbs the mainly Catholic Croats and the Muslim BosniaksTo better understand how Princip came to assassinate Franz Ferdinand Tim Butcher makes the same journey Princip made a walk from vukojebina Princip s desolate rural home to Sarajevo negotiating minefields left over the Bosnian War of the 1990sIf you re interested in World War One twentieth century European history travel writing or finding out about the area previously known as Yugoslavia then I feel sure you ll find lots to enjoy and appreciate in The Trigger Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War It s taut well written very atmospheric engaging provocative and as I said at the outset fascinatingOne of the most extraordinary facts I discovered was the numberplate of Archduke Ferdinand s car was A111118 A numberplate that had no resonance at the time of the assassination but which also happens to be the date of Armistice Day the moment when after four bloody years World War One ended or the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918In the last year or so I ve read 12 books about World War One and can confidently state that this one is up there with the very best55