|The collection of essays assembled in this book brought the author the Pulitzer Prize. Essays are covering the events in Bosnia and Herzegovina from December 1991 until June 1993. The author was a correspondent for the magazine Newsday whose dramatic account of human rights violations in Bosnia, reports on concentration camps, rape and attack on monuments of culture were one of the first writings which influenced Western audience. The author was observing the beginning of war in Bosnia from a close proximity and has warned about the danger of rampaging ethnic nationalism. By defining war in Bosnia as total war whose goal is cleansing the territory from ethnically undesirable population, Gutman gave first factual reports of the committed atrocities, and did introduce the term ethnic cleansing to the Western audience.