I'll start off with the wholly factual and report style Srebrenica. I checked out this book mainly because the Mladić and Hadžić trials at the ICTY were making news and when my husband asked about the Balkan Wars, I embarrassingly knew nothing I could share with him. I thought to start out with the Srebrenica massacre. The book is a UN report on the massacre, which detailed exactly what happened and went into analysis in the following chapters. It wasn't a fun read by any means, but it certainly horrified me. Some of the essays in Drakulić's book really brought out this point (which made the pairing quite fortuitous): no one really seemed concerned with what happened in Yugoslavia. The lip service was done, but the chain of command and the overwhelming sense of non-urgency pervades the entire event.
If nothing else, it made the UN look toothless and a sham. What was meant to protect people hardly did anything but slightly stall the onslaught. After reading it, I became infuriated at the vague language of the code of conduct for UN Peacekeepers that made it difficult for them to discern if force was allowed without a superior giving the signal. The only way non-violent peacekeeping can work is if you are working to get people out of the war zone. You can't keep peacekeeping borders in a war zone with blue helmets and an organization without muscle. Obviously, because Mladić didn't give two farts about the UN and just marched on in. I think this event is a good case study in giving the UN some teeth and machine guns.
Reading my second book of Drakulić's, I am committed to reading more of her work and becoming a more ardent fan. She has a unique voice and never abandons honesty, which makes her so readable and easy to relate to, even though most of her readers will have never experienced these situations firsthand. Much like Kapuściński, she plants you right between her eyes and let's you look around to take it all in.