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Gazza:  My Story
Gazza: My Story
by Paul Gascoigne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From the sublime to the riduculous, 14 July 2005
This review is from: Gazza: My Story (Paperback)
From the first page to the last this book grabs you by the short & curlies. It is written in a conversational style, as you read it you can imagine Gazza in a pub, glass in hand reminisceing. But Gazza does'nt drink now and his story tells you why.
Much credit should be given to Hunter Davies for the way he captures the essence and vibrancy of Gasgoine along with the madness, stupidity and wonderful talent this man boy displayed for a short period of his life. What he does with the rest of his life now, will be another story.


Stone Cold: True Story of Michael Stone and the Milltown Massacre
Stone Cold: True Story of Michael Stone and the Milltown Massacre
by Martin Dillon
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dillon at his best, 19 Jun. 2005
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Dillon traces Stone's background from birth,abandonment by his parents due to their divorce, to a misspent youth living with relatives. Where he progresses from self styled serial womaniser fathering numerous children to petty thief,thug and ultimately killer. The reason for this transition from child to murderer is never fully explained. Dillon is not to blame as information must have been hard to come by. However the book's strong point, as ever, is Dillon's experience of living in Belfast during this period and his extensive network of sources which he uses with supreme skill to create a very readable and intriguing book. New light is shone on the killing of two soldiers during a republican funeral and the details of Stone's lucky escape from the crowd in Milltown Cemetery due to some fairly heroic acts by the much maligned police.


Blanketmen: An Untold Story of the H-block Hunger Strike
Blanketmen: An Untold Story of the H-block Hunger Strike
by Richard O'Rawe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An astonishing insight into the 1981 Hunger Strike, 27 April 2005
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I urge you to suspend judgement & read this lucid and honest account of the events that took place inside the H-Blocks. The author tells his story with wry humour starting with how he ended up inside after a bodged up bank robbery for the IRA. He explains the events that led to the dirty protest - where prisoners smeared excrement over their cell walls - and on ultimately to the hunger strike.
He tells of the pressure he felt seeing his mates slowly starving themselves to death to uphold their principles and the fight for their right to political status. Fresh insights are given into the machinations of the republican leadership for which the author is refreshingly open and critical.
O'Rawes book shines with a masculine humanity and camaradarie, without a trace of self pity, that cannot be beaten even in the most desperate of circumstances.
By any standards this is a well written and important memoir.


Creggan, More Than a History
Creggan, More Than a History

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Stoney Ground, 14 Aug. 2004
The word Creggan means the stoney ground - the Creggan is a housing estate in Derry perched on a hill overlooking the River Foyle and predominantly Catholic. The book tells the history by allowing it's people to describe their experiences of life on the estate - it also has a couple of chapters about it's pre-history.
For me, the chapters about the troubles and the impact it had the estate were particularly powerful - a downtrodden people fighting back when the Civil Rights Movement died along with 14 people killed on Bloody Sunday
This book is a testament to the spirit of the people past and present of the Creggan.


Bear in Mind - Stories of the Troubles
Bear in Mind - Stories of the Troubles
by An Crann (The Tree)
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worms eye view of the troubles, 14 Aug. 2004
This is a collection of personal recollections of the troubles from people of all ages from every angle. It tells how each individual was affected by the conflict, some of the stories are heart rending and very powerful.
Nicely produced book with a diverse range of experiences - well worth reading.


Execution by Hunger: The Hidden Holocaust
Execution by Hunger: The Hidden Holocaust
by M Dolot
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.50

24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joseph Stalin & Soviet Communism rot in hell, 4 Aug. 2004
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The author describes life in his village during this period. Firstly, outsiders, urban dwellers appeared spouting the party line, endlessly calling meetings to browbeat with torrid, repetitive speeches from petty party officials the paradise of collective agriculture over independant farming.
This ultimately culminated in systematic slaughter and banishment of children, women and menfolk to hellish frozen wastelands. Most never ever returned.
The Communist party, not content with starving the populace into submission delved to new petty depths. They took all animals, seeds, machinery, horses, food and anything else the rural population held in high esteem. Pets such as cats and dogs were gunned down on the street. The Ukraine national symbol - the nightingale - unwittingly became the next victim - teams of shooters blasted it out of the sky, whilst Ukrainian farmers and their families starved, very slowly to death.
Read this and do not let the propogandists/politicians of any society lead us to believe what they are saying, let us judge with our own eyes.
Very best wishes to you all


The Road to Bloody Sunday
The Road to Bloody Sunday
by Raymond McClean
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eyewitness to Bloody Sunday, 9 July 2004
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A biography/memoir of events leading to that fateful day in Jan 1972. The author was a Derry GP who also saw service in the RAF, through his eyes you see the poverty and injustices of Unionist rule during the late 1960' early 1970's. He does not try to make any political points just tells it the way he sees it going about his duties as a Doctor.
He walks the streets on Bloody Sunday and sees the events first hand then uses his medical skills to prove that the entrance and exit wounds on some of the victims does not tally with the soldiers stories.
The honesty and integrity of the author shine through and I would recommend this book to anyone interested in this subject.
Dr McClean thank you.


Nazis: A Warning from History
Nazis: A Warning from History
by Laurence Rees
Edition: Paperback

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly revealing, 8 July 2004
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Great read for anyone wanting to be enlightened about Nazi rule. It dispels the myth of teutonic efficiency, Nazi rule was chaotic and mostly unplanned. Eye witness accounts add an authenticity to the realities of life under the bullying tyrannical rule of Hitler.
The sheer brutality of the Nazis to the vanquished inhabitants is staggering and hard to imagine, people dispossed overnight of all their worldly belongings, women and children gunned down like dogs - please read it and make sure the human race never goes through this hell again.


The Nemesis File: The True Story of an Execution Squad
The Nemesis File: The True Story of an Execution Squad
by Paul Bruce
Edition: Paperback

30 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning - take with a huge helping of salt!, 7 July 2004
Superb read, absolutely unputdownable. Describes how a small unit of soldiers set about abducting and executing IRA men in the early days of the troubles. The dead men were buried in woods and conifers planted on top of them so - rather conveniently - the bodies could never be found again.
After the book was published, the author was interviewed by the RUC and he admitted the story was fiction.
There is absolutely no proof whatsoever to substantiate his claims - surely if people disappeared someone somewhere would want to know where they went and why they vanished.
This is definitely worth reading but do not believe it.
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Rebel Hearts: Journeys Within the IRA's Soul
Rebel Hearts: Journeys Within the IRA's Soul
by Kevin Toolis
Edition: Paperback

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting under the skin, 20 Jun. 2004
This book stunned me. As a student of the conflict and ex-squaddie (Derry-early 70's). I rate this one of the BEST books I have ever read! For me, his unjudgemental style speaks volumes, especially when he listens to a tape of the the last confession of an informant, just before the poor sod gets the coup-de-grace from the IRA nutting squad.
Another of his case studies is of a guy called Paddy Flood, a young Derry man brought up with the troubles erupting on his doorstep. Coming from a community with very little prospects in terms of jobs, votes and civil rights. He embraced republicanism as his truth - the way he saw the world. After school you riot, after Bloody Sunday the gunning down of people on a civil rights march, you join YOUR army. Flood's downfall was apparently down to his loyalty to a frail Wife. If you read this book, beware you are going to be challenged, so be forewarned you may have to ditch your prejudices.


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