Sarajevo: A Biography is a work of erudition and compassion, nimbly capturing the spirit of one of the world's great cities as it survives one epoch, one political regime, one religious dynasty after another. Through the stories of individual Sarajevans—leaders and common folk alike—Donia illustrates his beloved city's significance as a site of great civilizational exchange, of political intrigue, cultural efflorescence, human tragedy and eternal hope.
"This is not just a biography, but a labor of love that is evident throughout this engaging and erudite account. After a decades-long relationship, nobody knows more about Sarajevo's storied past, its rich legacy of multiethnic coexistence, and the challenges that have been imposed upon it by the alien forces of ethnic nationalism."
—Charles Ingrao, Professor of History, Purdue University
"Sarajevo: A Biography spares no detail in Sarajevo's history, up to and including the aftermath of the 1992-5 siege and the citizens' efforts to rebuild and preserve a valued way of life. Highly recommended especially for world history and library reference shelves."
—Midwest Book Review
"First published in English by the respected publisher C. Hurst and Co. (Publishers) Ltd. (London), Robert J. Donia's Sarajevo: A Biography is an exceptionally significant work, the result of years of the author's research, archival exploration and scholarly interest in Sarajevo and its history. A work of comprehensive scholarship, it is also profoundly personal, and the tale of the city's history unwinds like a novel. As a biography of the city in the true sense of the word, it is an extraordinary achievement. The author's innovative approach treats Sarajevo from a wholly different perspective, not only as the setting for historical events but as a primary hero in a biography."
—The Association of Publishers and Booksellers of Bosnia-Herzegovina
"Sarajevo: A Biography will serve as a lucid introduction for students and non-specialists to the history of the city as well as to that of Bosnia itself. Regional specialists will also benefit from Donia’s new research and insights into the Bosnian capital's political and cultural life."
—Slavonic and Eastern European Review
Winner of the Association of Publishers and Booksellers of Bosnia-Herzegovina "Best Publishers' Achievement" of the year