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74 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incontrovertible evidence of British State Murder
Even though I am well aware of the history of collusion, reading this book forced me to draw breath and recall just how subversive, murderous and immoral was the British state and its cheer leaders in unionism and its apologists in the media. Anne Cadwallader is a good writer, forensic in her approach. Like her last book, Holy Cross, she cuts through the propaganda, the...
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1.0 out of 5 stars lost chance
As an avid reader of history, especially about Ulster, i couldn't wait to read this book when i heard it was being published. There are plenty of reasons why they called the Troubles in Ulster...The Dirty War..., and the part this book sets out to tell, is still one surrounded in so much secrecy and controversy, around an area of Ulster that is almost impossible to...
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars telling the truth, 25 Nov 2013
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saying what everyone knew the British government, was acting like a South American dictatorship, killing of
civilians. And summary executing of suspects.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About collusion between British Government and Loyalist paramilitaries in Northern Ireland.No holds barred, clear to the point, 28 Feb 2014
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I chose this book because of my interest in Irish history and served in Irish Defence forces in the Border region.
The book showed what had been suspected for most of the conflict but a fair hand had always been claimed.
I found it hard to put down and brought it everywhere with me until I finished, even reading the notes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic, 15 Feb 2014
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very interesting to look back @ these events as most of them happened when I was just Born in the 60s so I don't remember any of the early stuff, Mr Hughes is mentioned in the book where he was abducted tortured for a while then tied to a Mattress Tarred then threw into the River Bann to Die/ Drown just because he was a Catholic? he was a neighbour, the after effect this had on his wife & kids was terrible, his Sons Grew up knowing what happened they didn't seek revenge, they just grew up with there Aunties as there mother left Ireland to go to Mainland UK to re start her life, her two Sons stayed behind & was reared by Failey Hughes two Sisters they were so disturbed mentally by what happened to there father that they started drinking, now the Eldest Son is Dead through Alcohol then Cancer?
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 8 Jan 2014
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Excellent book, very well researched and it is great to have someone write with an unbiased approach. Yes I would recommend this book.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Important book that could have been better, 22 Jan 2014
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Like other reviewers, I found this book compulsive reading. I grew up in Derry through the 70s, 80s and early 90s, and the thought of encountering soldiers of the British army's UDR regiment filled many people with fear. Even then, people 'realised' that they possessed the Midas touch when avoiding convictions.

The most important aspect of the book is in its service of drawing together eyewitness accounts, previously unreleased ballistic records and generally connecting the dots when it came to British policy in the Six Counties. One other valuable aspect is the contextual placing of the conflict in its proper, colonial context. For the British establishment, they were simply determined not to let another imperial territory - one very close to home - go the same way as other colonies had in Africa and Asia.

However, at another level, the author gets bogged down in her academic review of published secondary material when dealing with this specific aspect. Trying to place 'local' in a national and international context is lost by constantly referring to such secondary material throughout the final chapters - the narrative simply doesn't flow. (For this I would lay the blame with her editor at Mercier Press.)

Additionally, her bibliographical selection contains many glaring omissions, notably Liam de Paor's Divided Ulster, Desmond Fahy's 'Death on a Country Road' and Eoin McNamee's 'Resurrection Man'. These books, among others, would have delivered a more rounded and complete bibliography.

I also felt the publisher's cover illustration was poorly chosen - it's not the Sunday World we are reading - and the book's general layout and production left my feeling that too many corners were 'cut' in production: cheap paper and no photographic sections on proper gloss or semi-gloss paper, and a flimsy cover that will not stand the test of time. Why didn't the publisher issue a small number of copies in hardback?

Anyway, anyone interested in Irish history, the rule of law and how the British cleverly manipulated the rules to suit their version of democracy, would do well to read this book.
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is propaganda from the IRA's Allies!, 10 Aug 2014
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The author of this book works for the Pat Finucane Centre. The PFC is an organisation which pretends to be concerned with human rights but is transparently a republican propaganda machine which exists to spread propaganda to the benefit of the republican movement.

What Cadwallader has done is go through the Historical Inquiries Team's records (an organisation in NI which records all the troubles deaths) and pick out politically convenient loyalist murders, exploit mistakes to bash the police for incompetence and most importantly link loyalists to the security forces.

Cadwallader conveniently picks out the period of 1974-76. This is because it was a time of prolific loyalist violence. If Cadwallader had gone beyond this period the reader would see that loyalist violence had considerably reduced. They would also see that this was because of the activities of the security forces, giving the lie to the nonsense that loyalist paras and the Brits were "lethal allies". In fact throughout her book she actually details instances of loyalists being convicted and sentenced to lengthy prison terms. How can they be "lethal allies" then?

Cadwallader focuses entirely on loyalist killings without reference (in most cases) to the IRA. Loyalist violence cannot be understood this way since most loyalist violence was retaliation against nationalists for what Loyalists considered to be attacks by nationalists on their communities.

It is most important to point out that Collusion between loyalist paras and the security forces was an inevitability of the conflict. The UDR and RUC in particular came from the loyalist community. Given that over 300 members were murdered by the IRA it's not surprising that some acted outside the constraints of the law. This is simply exploited by republicans for their own ends.

The book makes enormously serious allegations whilst providing little or no real evidence to back them up. An example of this is the book's attempt to link the British to the Dublin and Monaghan Bombings. The "evidence" for such an incredibly serious allegation is essentially:

1. The protestants are too stupid to have carried out the bombings on their own so the Brits must have helped them.
2. A few individuals involved with the security forces have made unsubstantiated allegations of British involvement.

Cadwallader doesn't go where the evidence follows her as a real academic would. She has pre-conceived ideas which she then seeks evidence for. These are the actions of a propagandist not a serious researcher.

Loyalist killings are recounted with humanising descriptions of their victims and in fact an entire chapter dedicated to discussing the grief of bereaved families (no mention of IRA victims who make up the majority). This hypocrisy comes to the fore towards the end where the author states that the true villains are "old gentlemen.. living in the English Shires" and even implies that loyalists were also the victims of the manipulative British!

Lethal Allies central assertion is that the Loyalist paramilitaries were proxies for the British. No evidence is provided to back this up only conjecture, innuendo and hearsay. This book should be recognised for what it is. Propaganda disseminated by the IRA's allies!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars book, 8 Jan 2014
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Why does the British government agents innocent people in Ireland and we do not hear it mentioned in parliament. As taxpayers is it done in our name
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift, 17 Jan 2014
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Bought as a gift, and he has enjoyed his pressie. Arrived quickly and was not over packaged! Good price for an excellent read.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase, 20 Dec 2013
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Couldnt get this book at the time in any store so was good to be able to get it here. It was a birthday gift for my step dad and he was chuffed with it. The cost was cheaper than what it is in store now.
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32 of 88 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously flawed. A work of pseudohistory..., 1 Nov 2013
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Not normally my main reading genre, however given the amount of publicity the book received in the media I decided to get a hold of a copy.

As someone who lives in the centre of the geographical area covered, with a good working knowledge of the communities that live within it, and as a student of recent Irish history, I consider myself to be a reasonable judge of many of the assertions made in the work. That judgement is a simple one.... the book is readable (in the sense a good James Bond novel is) BUT that's as far as it goes. It shouldn't be taken seriously.

It has packaged innuendoes, hearsay, opinion and conjecture within a framework of semi-related organisational and individual references in order to give the aforesaid conjecture legitimacy. Expertly packaged it has to be said, but packaged all the same. Because a belief can be expounded coherently, with confidence, with support from others, and with the benefit of considerable 'Volume' (in terms of media management acumen) does not elevate it to being true.

This is a work of fiction ala the infamous book 'The Committee'. Great content but there is actually very little presented in the way of evidence. Only a fool would suggest that no members of the security forces were involved in acts of terrorism during the Northern Ireland IRA campaign, and I suppose to some extent that is to be expected given the large numbers whom were on the direct end of violent attack. There was undoubtedly a level of infiltration by Loyalists into the security forces. Probably as they would see it, making use of something that would give them equipment and intelligence to protect their own communities. To magnify that infiltration to some massive conspiracy (approaching we have yet to land on the moon tbh) is simply nonsensical.

The logistics of such a conspiracy are of illumaniti proportion, and become even more illogical and into the realms of cloud cuckoo land when simple statistics are introduced. The most telling is that more 'Loyalists' were arrested, charged and imprisoned than Irish Republicans even though Republicans carried out vastly more attacks. Quite extreme lengths to go to cover up a pro-Loyalist campaign!

If you like a good read (who doesnt like a good work of fiction), well go for it. Just dont take it seriously.
If you are a student of Irish History or searching to understand the period of the IRA campaign, run a mile.

This isn't investigation. This is a Pseudohistory book. Nothing more.
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