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One of the best by far - highly recommended - please read by review !!
on 1 November 2014
An extraordinary book. Anyone, from what ever side of this sad conflict should read Capt.Clarke's book. My life was over shadowed by the "Troubles" and Capt.Clarke's description, at times very slightly biased against the RC/Nationalist minority in N.I. is one of the best descriptions of the entire mess that I have read. Many Irish men and women and a small minority of British people now need an explanation of what happened and why so many died. His use of English is fantastic and transcends this genre. This is high but attainable prose wrapped inside an approachable and personal narrative. My only criticism, and mild at that, is that Capt. Clarke did not express how trapped all the "players" were. Whether they were British or Irish, Protestant/Loyalist or Catholic/Republicans - they were all trapped in a historical narrative that drove this tragedy on wards in time and down wards in moral terms. The "players" and the "played" were, so a large extent victims of a failed, inaccurate but strangely warm set of historical identities.
I feel certain that Capt.Clarke would agree with me, that all involved owe a huge debt to Sir John Major, Dr Mo Mowlem, Tony Blair, an Tioseach Berti Ahern, Dr Paisley, Mr Adams and many others for at least breaking the cycle that a twisted simplistic historical narrative of hurt and hate had created. Capt.Clarke's excellent book adds to that process by giving us an understanding of what was going on, from the "Brits" point of view and I would recommend it to anyone interested in this area. 10/10 DM