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An excellent introduction to the tragedy of Norther Ireland in a very readablle narrative form.,
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This review is from: Making Sense of the Troubles: A History of the Northern Ireland Conflict (Paperback)
This is probably the best book that I have ever read on the troubles. I do have a strong interest as I grew up during them. I was surprised that I could remember so much but there were a few tragedies /atrocities that I had forgotten about and it was good to have a very readable narrative to pull everything together.
It was fairly balanced but didn't quite get under the skin of the loyalist position. Their fears of a catholic dominated Ireland were very real although the denial of civil rights cannot be justified. I don't belong to the Loyalist tribe but there are many sides to the Irish question and recognising that may help further peace. I watched a series recently on tv entitled "An independent people" which was a history of Presbyterianism in Ulster and I found it enlightening.
I would thoroughly recommend this book and have already given a copy of it as a gift. I would like more people to read it but I can accept that not everyone would have the same interest. It is a very readable introduction and overview to a terrible time of suffering in these islands.