Compellingly written and very even-handed. By far the clearest account of what happened in the Northern Ireland conflict and more importantly why it happened (Irish News
Extraordinarily well-balanced, sane, comprehensive and rich in sober understatement (Cal McCrystal Glasgow Herald
Even-handed, clearly written, and set to become one of the definitive works on the subject (Scotland on Sunday
For those looking for a pragmatic understanding of the country known as Northern Ireland it is essential reading (John Coulter Sunday Business Post
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About the Author
David McKittrick is the Ireland correspondent for the Independent. He received the Orwell Prize for Journalism in April 2000. In 1999 he was named Correspondent of the Year by the BBC's What the Papers Say. He was also co-author of the bestselling LOST LIVES, published by Mainstream in 1999. David McVea was head of the politics department at a Belfast grammar school for many years and has researched and written widely on the troubles.