This is a book about the history of Serbian nationalism and xenophobia. The author gives a quite brief treatment of early Serbian history then goes into, as all such accounts seem to, the famous 1389 Battle of Kosovo. But he gives more detail than similar accounts, discussing the medieval sagas of the battle in detail and showing how the legend that was built around it was modeled on legends relating to the temptation and crucifixion of Christ. He also takes pains to refute another Serbian myth, that the Serbs, while losing their own independence, saved Europe from the Ottomans. In fact, as he demonstrates, the weakened Serb state after 1389 was a Turkish ally and helped the Ottomans move into Europe.
There is much more, discussing the more recent history of Serbia, the role of the Serbian Orthodox church, and the rise of modern Serbian nationalism as the Ottoman Empire collapsed. We find extensive discussion of such figures as Petar Njegos, the 19th Century Montenegrin patriarch whose epic "The Mountain Wreath" was one of the first landmarks of modern Serbian literature, and Bishop Velimirovic, a notoriously anti-Semitic theologian of the 20th Century, who, shortly after this book was published, was named a Saint by the Serbian church. Disinctions within the Serbian community, between Serbia proper, Montenegro, and Vojvodina, as well as tensions between rural and urban Serbs, are also discussed with historical context.
This book is written with a plain pro-Croatian and anti-Serbian bias, and the reader should be aware of that and properly cautious about many of the conclusions. Still, it has the virtue of packing a great deal of material into a package that is rather brief (not much over 200 pages) and easily accessible. The useful material on many subjects that aren't easily available in such accessible English language sources earns this book a high rating, in spite of the clear biases.