Be Not Afraid, for You Have Sons in America by Stacy Sullivan
How a Brooklyn Roofer Helped Lure the U.S. into the Kosovo War

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Florin Krasniqi immigrated to the United States from Kosovo in 1988 by sneaking across the Mexican border in the trunk of a white Cadillac. Once in America, he started his own business, fell in love, married, and bought a house. But he did not forget the country he left behind. In 1996, when one of his cousins helped start the Kosovo Liberation Army in the hope of securing Kosovo's independence, Florin chipped in to help.

Over the next two years, Florin helped direct a network of Albanian émigrés across the U.S., raising millions of dollars for the rebel force. Soon he began visiting gun shows across America and running weapons and other supplies to the rebels. All the while he was also lobbying some of Washington's most powerful politicians. Eventually he helped recruit American volunteers, some of whom left schools and colleges in the New York area to fight for a homeland they hardly knew.

Be Not Afraid, For You Have Sons in America tells the remarkable story of how a small group of young men in Kosovo backed by a network of émigrés in the United States started a guerrilla army that lured the world's most powerful military alliance into fighting their war and changed the course of history in the Balkans forever.

About Stacy Sullivan

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Stacy Sullivan covered the Balkans for Newsweek magazine. Her articles have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The Washington Post, Men's Journal, and others. She has been interviewed as an authority on the Kosovo conflict by Newshour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, Fox News, and many other national programs. She began interviewing Albanian Americans when she was a graduate student at Columbia University, and has worked in Belgrade, Prishtina, Sarajevo, Tirana, and other major cities in the Balkans. She resides in New York City.
Published May 27, 2004 by St. Martin's Press. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, War. Non-fiction

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Sullivan, who covered the Balkans in the '90s for Newsweek , mixes reportage (sometimes reconstructed) of the insurgent group's battles with Milosevic's Serb forces after Yugoslavia's disintegration with the KLA's improbable U.S.-based, backstory, gleaned after the conflict was messily resolved ...

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