From one of the most prominent nationalist voices in late twentieth-century Europe comes this controversial volume on the persistence of violence from past eras into present-day. Franjo Tudjman was once the face of Croatian democracy and sovereignty—a position complicated by his roles as general, president, and historian, and his role in the Bosnian War. Here he examines the Yugoslav Communist creation of a Croatian "black legend" and assesses the nature and scope of the crimes committed by the Ustasha puppet government, particularly at the Jasenovac death camp. He chronicles the systematic use by the Yugoslav regime of Jasenovac and the Ustasha terror as a tool in its attempt to eliminate Croatian aspirations towards independence.
Readers of this book will have a candid insight into the mind of a notable and notorious player in contemporary European history. With this book—at once a memoir, a political document, and a broad historic philosophical survey—Tudjman proposes a foundation upon which to build a new creative framework of peace-oriented relationships for the twenty-first century. Horrors of War provides an unparalleled view on the history of national violence from the perspective of a man who played a key role in both the Croatian War of Independence and the later Bosnian War; a sometimes hero, sometimes villain.