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  • Paperback: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0717148300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0717148301
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,208,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Gordon is the Belfast Telegraph's Investigations Correspondent.

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Owen Polley on 1 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
David Gordon played his own part in `The Fall of the House of Paisley' by providing the print media's most comprehensive coverage of the political dynasty's links to property magnate Seymour Sweeney, and reporting other scandals which rocked the DUP during 2007 and 2008. Indeed the journalist brought to popular attention a number of the important scoops which underpin his new book's narrative.

It should be acknowledged, however, that a local blog, with its relative lack of resources, doggedly matched the Belfast Telegraph for detail as the extent of cronyism in the Paisleys' North Antrim constituency became apparent.

The book's blurb describes its contents as `the slow demise of a powerful political dynasty', but the actual succession of events which precipitated the departure of Ian Paisley Junior from government, and subsequently resulted in the resignation of his father from the First Minister's office, unfolded relatively quickly. Gordon's book moves the story along with suitable rapidity, whilst delving into sufficient detail to satisfy political anoraks.

The title is instructive. 'The Fall' makes little attempt to revisit territory already forensically examined by Ed Moloney in his Paisley biography, `From Demagogue to Democrat'. The landscape which Gordon describes is populated by disorientated DUP members, struggling to rationalise their leader's new friendship with Martin McGuinness, disquieted by hints of greed and embarrassed by his increasing propensity for `senior moments'.

And always in the background, Junior, with his overweening sense of entitlement, spiv-like eye for the main chance and conspicuous absence of inherited charisma.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darrell Monteith on 12 May 2014
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This book despite its hype carried by the mainstream media in Northern Ireland falls far short of a serious work of analysis and is really a bit of a diatribe born out of thinly veiled hatred. History has shown it to be flawed is many of its claimed as Ian Paisley junior has actually (despite the books title) become a very successful and highly regarded MP taking on his father's seat in North Antrim in victorious style despite the predictions of gloom. Much of what is written about Dr Paisley and by connection his family/ the church he founded or the party he founded is written from a polarised standpoint and sadly this book is little different from a lot of what has gone before. The book is a chronicle of the authors opinion, a lot of wishful thinking and some spin and like most of its predecessors will be long forgotten when the legacy of Dr Ian Paisley is still seen as being vital to the formation of the society we have today in Northern Ireland
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrs c e davey on 26 Sept. 2014
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Amazon.com: 2 reviews
Essential reading on Irish politics 2 May 2014
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A brilliantly written analysis that focuses on the former "first family" of Northern Ireland politics, i.e. the Paisleys. It paints a fascinating picture on the nature of political settlements and personal agendas, and poses important questions for the future of Northern Ireland. Highly recommended.
Recommended 12 Dec. 2012
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Format: Paperback
This is a fascinating chronicle of the infamous Ian Paisley, a man full of contradictions. Very well written and well-paced.
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