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Personal Views: Politics, Peace and Reconciliation [Paperback]

John Hume
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31 Mar 1997
Introduction by Tom McEnery Foreword by Senator Edward M. Kennedy Throughout more than twenty-five years of conflict in Northern Ireland, John Hume has been a constant beacon of reason and non-violence. A New Ireland is Hume's remarkable story of his continuing personal struggle for civil rights, peace and prosperity for all the people of Ireland.
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Roberts Rinehart Publishers (31 Mar 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570981418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570981418
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,938,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No one in the world has a longer or braver history of opposing terrorism than Hume, and no one has more to teach on the way to do it. -- James Carroll The Boston Globe This book will reinforce the belief that Hume, perhaps the most talented politician of his era, should continue to be listened to . -- Niall O'Dowd The Irish Voice --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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John Hume, born in 1937, started life as a teacher in his native Derry, becoming involved in politics in the early 1960s. Hume recently retired from the Assembly in Northern Ireland. He is president of the Social Democratic and Labour Party, which he helped found, a member of the British Parliament and a member of the European Parliament. He is widely regarded as the 'architect of peace' in Northern Ireland. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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John Hume is a virtually unknown figure in the United States, but he has been steadily gaining recognition due to his work in the Northern Irish peace agreement. This recognition is overdue and much deserved. This monumental book outlines Hume's political philosophy - a philosophy which seeks to brush aside the vengefulness and intransigence of Northern Ireland's past, searching instead for reconciliation through justice for all. Hume is heavily influenced by Matin Luther King, Jr. and John F. Kennedy, and quotes from these two figures flavor Hume's text. Hume's themes may seem repetitive, and his ideas seem to be based on the shakey foundation of human progress, but this work demonstrates that he is a champion for for a true peace in Northern Ireland - a peace that is just for all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A framework for true reconciliation in Northern Ireland 12 Sep 1998
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John Hume is a virtually unknown figure in the United States, but he has been steadily gaining recognition due to his work in the Northern Irish peace agreement. This recognition is overdue and much deserved. This monumental book outlines Hume's political philosophy - a philosophy which seeks to brush aside the vengefulness and intransigence of Northern Ireland's past, searching instead for reconciliation through justice for all. Hume is heavily influenced by Matin Luther King, Jr. and John F. Kennedy, and quotes from these two figures flavor Hume's text. Hume's themes may seem repetitive, and his ideas seem to be based on the shakey foundation of human progress, but this work demonstrates that he is a champion for for a true peace in Northern Ireland - a peace that is just for all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hume's message - reconciliation, inclusion, respect and peace 30 July 2007
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I grew up in Belfast, and always had a lot of respect for the SDLP - initially Gerry Fitt and then John Hume being my political heroes. The book sets out with clarity mapping the real world experiences of John Hume and the progress - or maybe that should be regress - of the troubles in Northern Ireland. This book should be compulsory reading for kids growing up in Israel and Palestine, and probably Darfur and other regions of unrest. And of course, in Washington DC as well. Acheiving peace is not easy and does not come from the barrel of a gun. I don't recall the exact quote, and a friend is reading the book now, but it is along the lines of "Victory does not bring about peace - it simply puts it off". Never a truer word was said.
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