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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.

by Sven Hassel
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Practical Guide To The Horrors of War, 11 Dec. 2003
Sven's writing is stupendous! First read his books whilst serving as a soldier in Germany bombing around in armoured personnel carriers with Tanks supporting us - back in the 1970's His portrayal of war is so realistic and was then easy to relate to as we played soldiers. Years later reading his books again I'm struck by his characterisation and how well developed they are as they continue to hold on to life and dish out death. The hardships that generation went through still amaze me and how an evil little Dictator could unleash such immense terror on so many people.
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