We all meet them from time to time - large statues of striking people who, looking into the distance, ride a horse. It is not uncommon for them to hold a sword in their hand, pointed at a direction that is chosen carefully. They can be seen in cities around the world, and most residents take them for granted. They are monuments to celebrities, whether from childhood stories or school history textbooks. These are the heroes who brought glory to their country ... Aren't they?

On the examples of Alexander the Great, Vladimir Lenin, Vasco da Gama, Martin Luther, Che Guevara and others, this book brings a slightly different story about the achievements of these great names. The author shows us through many unknown details that these people are not only heroes, but also villains, ruthless leaders who hadone thing in common - they were not to be questioned. These lines about the lives and actions of great people abound in violence, arbitrariness, murder, and concern solely for their own interests. The more victims the villain leaves behind, the more likely it is that a monument to him has been built, and the greats and heroes of one nation are often the greatest enemies of another. The tyrant is hardly interested in the welfare of his own people, let alone his neighbor.

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Ari Turunen, Finnish journalist, columnist and publicist, born in 1966, holds a degree in social and political sciences. He has written several books on stereotypes, superstitions, lies and habits, full of vivid anecdotes about patterns of human behavior.
Two more books by Turunen have been published in Croatian by TIM press - Don't you know who I am? A history of Arrogance and After you, Madam. A short history of proper behavior.


  • ISBN: 978-953-8075-95-7
  • Dimensions: 128 x 200 mm
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Cover: paperback
  • Year of the edition: 2021
  • Original title: Mulkerot - Patsaalle korotettujen suurmiesten elämäkertoja
  • Original language: Finnish
  • Translation: Kristina Špehar-Vuković