The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to

The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War 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 still 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 Belgrade 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 s, 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 history


10 thoughts on “The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War

  1. says:

    The driver s decision to turn into Franz Joseph Street and not continue down the Appel Quay, 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 on


  2. says:

    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


  3. says:

    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 Sera


  4. says:

    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 concis


  5. says:

    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 a


  6. says:

    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 author Tim Butcher gets around to telling us the story of Gavril Princip and the assassination of


  7. says:

    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 a


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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 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, fa


  9. says:

    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 Ferdinand


  10. says:

    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


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