This is a very honest no punches pulled look at Ireland during the years 1966-87. Looking at all the key aspects that shaped Ireland during those years be they the political sphere, the religious sphere or the conflcit which erupted in the 6 northeastern counties. The author paints a very grim picture at times and the real world effects such ills had upon Ireland as a result. For example he discusses the at times clientist nature of Irish politics and its attendant ills. A book well worth getting a hold of for anyone interesting in the macro workings of Ireland during the 1966-87 period.