The Trigger: The Hunt for Gavrilo Princip - the Assassin who Brought the World to War

The Trigger The Hunt for Gavrilo Princip the Assassin who Brought the World to War Creat Tim Butcher are Kindle Tim Butcher is a best selling British author journal

The Trigger: The Hunt for Gavrilo Princip - the Assassin who Brought the World to War Creat Tim Butcher are Kindle Tim Butcher is a best selling British author, journalist and broadcaster Born in 1967, he was on the staff of The Daily Telegraph from 1990 to 2009, covering conflicts across the Balkans, Middle East and Africa Recognised in 2010 with an honorary doctorate for services to writing and awarded the Mungo Park Medal for exploration by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, he is based with his family in Cape Town, South Africa.. On a summer morning in 1914, 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 in Sarajevo.A hundred years later, Tim Butcher undertakes an extraordinary journey to uncover the story of this unknown boy who changed our world forever By retracingOn a summer morning in 1914, 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 in Sarajevo.A hundred years later, Tim Butcher undertakes an extraordinary journey to uncover the story of this unknown boy who changed our world forever By retracing Princip s journey from his highland birthplace, through the mythical valleys of Bosnia to the fortress city of Belgrade and ultimately Sarajevo, he illuminates our understanding both of Princip and the places that shaped him while uncovering details about Princip which have eluded historians for a century.. Popular Kindle The Trigger: The Hunt for Gavrilo Princip - the Assassin who Brought the World to War Even 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 more complicated story.Franz 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 more 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 Amazon'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 time...)Butcher's style will be quite 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 illustrious/infamous 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 and...that's it. The set piece fizzles out into nothing.Look, 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 quixotic 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 more 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 pieces.
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  1. Tim Butcher is a best selling British author, journalist and broadcaster Born in 1967, he was on the staff of The Daily Telegraph from 1990 to 2009, covering conflicts across the Balkans, Middle East and Africa Recognised in 2010 with an honorary doctorate for services to writing and awarded the Mungo Park Medal for exploration by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, he is based with his family in Cape Town, South Africa.

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  1. Even 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 [...]


  2. 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 Sarajevo.Gavrilo 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 Muslims.The assassination of Ferdinand was the trigger that got the dominoes falling The Austro Hungarians used the assassination to declare war on Serbi [...]


  3. 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, travelogue and journalism a format Butcher does very well It is just as good as Blood River, and I ended up being very interested in Princip indeed.The outline of the book [...]


  4. 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 Bosnian War in the 1990 s He recalls how he witnessed locals using a stone building as a makeshift lavatory, only to discover they were desecrating a memorial to P [...]


  5. 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 One.This 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 [...]


  6. Scintillating biography of the man who changed the world By firing that bullet into the jugular of the Habsburg heir on that sunny morning in Sarajevo in June 1914, Gavrilo Princip not only killed off the old world, he also unwittingly helped to usher in the modern age the toxic 20th century with its legacy of revolution, fascism, genocide and totalitarian terror Tim Butcher is the perfect medium for the telling of this extraordinary tale Having spent years in the bloody cauldron of the Bosnian [...]


  7. An excellent multi layered history travelogue personal story tracing the journey of Gavrilo Princip from remote Bosnian village to initiator of World War 1.Tim 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 fascinating story as he visits the remote hamlet where Princip grew up to discover still living descendants, takes on epic treks through the now land mine infeste [...]


  8. Gavrillo Princip shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28 June 1914 and in doing so triggered the First World War That much I and most of the rest of us know What drove Princip to pull the trigger there I m a little hazier, what happened to him next and did he achieve his ultimate goal there I knew nothing Tim Butcher draws on his experience as a journalist covering the Yugoslavian wars of the 1990 s to join the dots between the motivations of Princip at the start of the 20th century and those of is [...]


  9. The author draws on his experience in covering the Bosnian war in the 1990 s to add perspective to the story of Gavrilo Princip, the assassin who tripped the switch that started World War I.The journey begins in Obljaj, which is a Bosnian settlement hardly a town where the Princip clan lives today as it did when its wayward teenager changed the course of history The author, Tim Butcher, is welcomed by this very poor rural family who share their handed down reminiscences Then, Butcher follows Pri [...]


  10. Tim Butcher never fails to impress me for his sheer determination in presenting well known facts in a totally fresh perspective Sitting here in Trieste quoted in the book as being one of the two ends of the Iron curtain I followed his footsteps along his journey across Bosnia and Serbia as though I was actually there with him, his travelogue being all the relevant to me as it describes regions just a few hundred kilometres from here Princip s life, his political evolution and his motives are cl [...]


  11. For the past few years numerous books have been published dealing with aspects of the First World War The plethora of books is due to the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of the Austro Hungarian Empire that touched off events that resulted in the war to end all wars Tim Butcher s THE TRIGGER is part of slew of new publications, but it is not a traditional discussion of the causes of the war and who was most responsible for the debacle tha [...]


  12. 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 author.I have read Hearts Grown Brutal Sagas of Saraj [...]


  13. Find this and other reviews at flashlightcommentary.My 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 Ferdinand is easily the most recognizable moment of the era I study, but until now my understanding of that story has been entirely one sided and I relished to [...]


  14. A fascinating read that both fed my appetite for information about WWI and whetted it for information about two countries I knew almost nothing about and the impact they ve had on recent history I was a little thrown at first by the personal nature of what I had initially pegged to be a straight biography of Gavrilo Princip, but once it got going, I was hooked Part travelogue, part war history, and part biography of both the author and the subject, it s like no history book I ve read before The [...]


  15. This a book which has two stories Princip s journey and the author s journey being told simultaneously while a third story the author s time in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the war in 1990s acts as a filler.Since the author didn t travel a conflict zone like his previous two books,you may not enjoy the slow pace for which I am docking a star with lots of history.But this book tells about one serious attempt to find out who was Gavrilo Princip.There is a lot of material in the book which you are [...]


  16. Lee Harvey Oswald, John Wilkes Booth, James Earl Ray, Nathuram Godse God bless you Google for that last one all assassinated great leaders in their prime JFK, Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Gandhi leaders who could have gone on to even greater achievements had they lived, and whose premature deaths still pose some of the great what if s of history Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria Hungary, was no such comparable leader when he and his wife Sophie were murdered by Gavrilo Prin [...]


  17. This book is different from what I expected The title makes it sound like it s about a hunt for Franz Ferdinand s assassin He was captured immediately there was no need for a hunt like there was for John Wilkes Booth The hunt is figurative, not literal The author follows the path that Gavrilo Princip took in his life from his birthplace, ultimately to Sarajevo to shoot Franz Ferdinand So the book is very much a travelogue, with the author providing details on Princip s life, correcting common mi [...]


  18. Yet another excellent book by Tim Butcher This time the author treks through the Balkans on the trail of the assassin who s fatal shooting of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was the trigger for a political disaster waiting to happen and precipitated WW1 and ultimately all the further horrors on WW2.I must admit to always feeling rather foolish not understanding the recent Balkan conflict which claimed, among many lives, the army officer husband of a friend of mine who was killed before his baby daught [...]


  19. I love a book which is highly readable but from which you learn new things I learned so much from this book about Bosnia, the war in the Balkans in the 1990s, Sarajevo s history, and about the build up to WW1 all of which I was very vague on before Very worthwhile reading.


  20. World War One started with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro Hungarian throne The story of the assassin, Gavrilo Princip, is often summed up in a few lines, or less Tim Butcher redresses this imbalance by exploring the journey of Gavrilo in a book that is part biography, part history and part travelogue And he shows how Gavrilo s vision for Bosnia was arrived at and destroyed.The story starts with Butcher examining the tomb of Gavrilo in Sarajevo during the Bosnia [...]


  21. Tim Butcher may have been a journalist, but what he really wanted to be was a historian You can see it in his preparation, interests, and research including the use of social history to fill out his knowledge , which he deftly melds with travel reporting and memoir as he explores the life and impact of Gavro Princip, whose assassination of Franz Ferdinand helped usher the world into war, and future reverberations that tore Yugoslavia apart, led to thousands of civilian deaths perpetrated by neig [...]


  22. The Trigger is a fascinating account of the lead up to WWI It reveals the complexities of the Balkans and the internecine strife between the various religious factions at that time, and sets the scene for the latter troubles in the Bosnian war in the 80 s.If you want an understanding of the region, this is a must read.



  23. Although I am not ordinarily interested in historical books, I found that this book proved to be a key explanation for the Archduke s assassination and how its misinterpretation started off WWI Similarly to the way 9 11, an attack carried out by Saudis, caused the United States to attack Afghanistan, so Princip s dream of a pan Slavian nation was falsely attributed to Serbian nationalism, and it led to countries facing off against each other for reasons other than the assassination reasons, howe [...]


  24. Boy, did this book surprise me A surprise recommendation from my son who normally eschews non fiction history, I eagerly started reading this, thinking I was going to learn some new insights into Gavrilo Princip and the origins of World War I I actually didn t think I would learn much at all as I had recently read Hasting s Road to Catastrophe which covered the topic in quite some depth.The book is not at all a straight non fiction history and this became apparent in the first few chapters when [...]


  25. Awesome read Reads like a novel than a history book To the south oozed a great lozenge of pastureland, a magnificent plain veined by watercourses and picketed tightly on all side by foothills of high mountains Somewhere over the peaks lay the Mediterranean, cities, motorways, industry and the broadband rush of the twenty first century But where we were standing seemed to belong to a rawer, older world order, a place of hard scrabble rural living pg 41 Butcher travels the route Gavrilo Princip t [...]


  26. Author dug around in WWI histories and could find next to nothing on Gavrilo Princip the man who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand which started WWI, so he decided to find out what he could about him by tracking GPs movements in Bosnia before the act This is part history part travelogue Butcher hikes cross country, crosses Tent Mountain and bumps into a host of colourful folk He also spends some time detailing Tito and the partisans as well as the miseries suffered by Bosnian Moslems in the [...]


  27. I loved this book First of all, I learned a ton Loved Butcher s writing style of mixing in personal narrative with rich history as in his other books It was not a super quick read for me, but that s because I had to keep setting it down so I could think, think, think, and I LOVE that I also can appreciate the incredible amount of research that must have gone into this project I still say that nothing is as crazy as his overland trip through Congo, but the intention of this book wasn t meant to b [...]


  28. Ever since I first noticed this book on a list I have been keen to read it Finally I got my hands on it and it ticked all the boxes for me Not only did I discover about Gavrilo Princip it has introduced me to the turbulent history of the Bulkans The author took me with him on his journey of discovery and opened my eyes to a history I knew very little of I love a book that not only keeps me reading but allows me to gain a better understanding of history My Great, Great Uncle a young man a very l [...]


  29. I found this a fascinating read The author actually follows the physical path taken by the man who triggered World War 1 from his rural roots to the city where he assassinated the Archduke It takes in the challenging and beautiful geography of the Balkans but also, significantly, its fraught political and religious past The Bosnian war of the 1990s is ever present along the way and the author deftly draws parallels between the earlier and later conflicts The assassination turns out to be the ti [...]


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