I also really recommend Richard West’s biography of Tito, “Tito and the Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia” because it’s a super interesting and entertaining read. West was a foreign correspondent in Yugoslavia for many years and speaks the language fluently, and so he actually understands the culture and mentality of people there much better than the typical non-Balkan authors who just repeat propaganda of one type or another.
And regardless of what you think about Tito, he was a fascinating person who lived an extraordinary life. There’s a reason why so many people still mourn him even though he’s been dead 34 years and why many of the posters on the SFR Jugoslavija facebook page are my age or even younger. He symbolized a lot of things for Yugoslavs and those who loved him did so genuinely. Tbh I really hate when second gen-ers on here complain about “Yugonostalgia” because it’s like,
1. congratulations on throwing around a propaganda term literally invented by right-wingers in Croatia and Serbia to brand people who weren’t hankering for war and genocide as traitors to the state, and
2. why are you all so shocked that people might in fact be nostalgic for a time when they had more economic security and prosperity than they do now, even if that time was OMG SCARY COMMUNISM? That’s actually a pretty normal reaction. People are disillusioned with the current state of things because, in case you haven’t noticed, the current state of things fucking sucks and many of them DID live better under the old government. Hell, things are so bad that even people from countries with shitty oppressive past communist regimes (like Russia) are having weird and in their case VERY selective nostalgia about the past, and their situation was in no way comparable to daily life in Yugoslavia.