I only wish I could give this book 10 stars. Martyn Frampton has exhaustively researched the origins, politics, activities, splits and leadership changes of the RIRA, CIRA, 32CSM, eirgi, RSF, ONH and RNU. He has laid bare the reasoning behind certain actions, inactions, policy changes and capitulation to the Unionists by the PIRA and Sinn Fein which resulted in what must have been a heart wrenching decision by some Volunteers, members and supporters to leave the PIRA, Sinn Fein and the Republican movement. I now more fully understand their reasoning behind forming the above groups and why they feel it is necessary to arm themselves. Over the last several years I have become more disillusioned with the lack of political gains by Sinn Fein, i.e. you mean to tell me that the Orange Order can STILL march in Nationalist/Republican neighborhoods ??
I no longer support the use of violence, but those who choose to ignore the environments which create the breeding grounds for social unrest and its eventual path to armed struggle, do so at their own peril.
Mr Frampton is not only a good researcher and historian; he has taken his research and created a book which is comprehensive and thought-provoking. Mr Frampton has crafted a must read.
This book is not for the uninitiated or casual reader.