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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; Rev. and Updated edition (24 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840187255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840187250
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Fascinating...the McGuinness story is truly amazing: read this biography and blanch' Sunday Independent 'A useful new insight into the man' Irish News 'An impressive study of the most controversial republican member of Northern Ireland's current power-sharing government' Daily Telegraph

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Fascinating...the McGuiness story is truly amazing: read this biography and blanch' SUNDAY INDEPENDENT. 'A useful new insight into the man' IRISH NEWS. 'An impressive study of the most controversial republican member of Northern Ireland's current power-sharing government' DAILY TELEGRAPH.

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Martin Mcguinness is a paradox. In a conflict that seemed so black and white Mcguinness was like a medieval wizard , no one was sure of whether his spells worked , or what he was trying to do , but he looked impressive. An IRA commander who never seemed to commit an act, an assasination target who was never hit , a known criminal who seemed to avoid arrest , a trenchant republican who liked cricket. I am not even going to look at what has happened since this book was published.

So who is he and what has been trying to achieve ?

This book goes some way towards exploring that , but it cant explain it. It seems unexplainable. There is a jump into the political sphere in the early 70s which seems to have come out of being there. How , well who knows.

The authors explore the private role Mcguinness held in the IRA which was often at odds with his public role with Sinn Fein. How this worked in reality is anyones guess. You cant help feel the authors want to show this as a folly, rather like the Tommy Cooper sketches where he was half german soldier half English..arguing with himself. By bringing Sinn Fein into the political sphere he has created a strong political force , and few would have predicted how quickly they would replace the SDLP. But why is Mcguinness the man , was he as the authors suggest “ looked after “ to ensure his survival, someone who the Brits felt was a long term bet. If so then British intelligence picked the right man , but it hardly reconciles with his hardman earlier image. Unless of course Mcguinness was a double agent ( which the authors dismiss though others havent )

Fascinating look at a man integral to the last 40 years political movement in Northern Ireland. He has managed to sell the partition of Northern Ireland and its administration to the republicans, something Collins never did. I for one never thought him capable of that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pablo80 on 9 May 2014
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Good very well researched book on Art Garfunkel lookalike Martin. He was the driving force behind the IRAs military campaign and rose very high the ranks to become chief of staff and head of Northern Command during the 1980s.
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read this book to gain a picture of mcguinness. it lacks depth and continuously takes a negative view of his actions and motivations. does provide a detailed account of the peace process. I found it strange that journalists would provide other people's thoughts as evidence for the subject's actions and motivations. not enough factually based evidence. If you're looking for an in depth analysis of mcguiness this is not the book for you. If you dislike him you'll thoroughly enjoy it.
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A very informative and interesting read, going behind the outward events and positions taken over the many years. Interesting also to learn of the day to day occurrences and the reactions to them. A criticism regarding the grammar and mis use of and repetition of vocabulary seemingly to fill in spaces was annoying, but did not detract too much.
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful By G. M. Kent on 26 July 2008
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I purchased this book on the basis of the above synopsis, and interests in accounts of The Troubles and political biographies. Unfortunately, the synopsis does not accurately represent the book, and readers are unlikely to learn anything new about The Troubles or about Martin McGuinness. The authors' credentials, as presented to the reader on the cover, are of a prominent journalist (Clarke) and established researcher (Johnston). This suggests to the reader a degree of detachment from the subject matter that is belied by every page; it soon becomes apparent that Clarke and Johnston personally revile McGuinness. They may have good grounds for doing so, but in this case, their grounds for feeling this way should be openly declared; their book may have been strengthened, and in any event, would have been more honest. Adulation of a subject and revulsion both undermine biography. A key source for this book was Paddy Ward, who was shown at the Bloody Sunday Inquiry to have contradicted himself in the various accounts he has given of his actions on Bloody Sunday. Clarke and Johnston have him as a key player and close associate of McGuinness on the day, whereas Ward was 16 years old, and no other witness to the Inquiry supports his testimony.
It isn't necessary to speculate about the authors' motives in writing this book, to argue that if those elements in the British government who would like to pass the responsibility for the death and injury of unarmed people on Bloody Sunday by British soldiers from the British State to the IRA, then this book would make an excellent commission.
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By Paul McFerra on 20 Aug. 2014
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Quite an interesting read, the hole truth of the situation will never really be known. But an interesting read all the same.
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By Evelyn Curtin on 22 Mar. 2014
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Gave great insight on what went on at that time, Sad, but typical of the situation then, A gripping read
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