This book covers the tortured history of Ireland from the beginning of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, through the long horrible years of violence, and up to the attempts to find peace. The author's acces to many of the principals give this book a particular authority. It goes beyond the slogans and tabloid headlines to provide a good hard look at many of the characters, some of whom prefer to live in the shadows, who act out the deadly drama of divided Ireland.
Irish/British edition published by Arrow Books
US edition (cover illustrated) published by Palgrave Macmillan
"A must for anyone interested in the contemporary history of Anglo-Irish relations." - Sean MacBride, Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
"This book chronicles it all in unrelenting detail; a real eye-opener." - Library Journal
"A very fine, provocative and intelligent book..." - Irish Post
"...contains as much information as any mortal might reasonably require for an understanding of 25 years of violence ..."- London Evening Standard
"...The Troubles will be essential reading for any future scholar of Irish peace-making." - Observer