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A Voice that was denied when alive......,
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This review is from: Voices from the Grave: Two Men's War in Ireland (Paperback)
Anyone who has a basic understanding of Irish Republicanism will know who Brendan Hughes was. They will know that he was denied a voice while alive and is now confirming many rumours and stories from his grave.
The Dark was a down to earth man. He had no interest in money or power and this comes through in this interview and anyone who knew him can hear his voice in their head while reading his interviews.
The book is bulked out with some background information into what he is talking about and this is needed for those who know little or nothing of the situation in Ireland in the 70's or 80's. Some background is needed to afford the interviews some sense and meaning to those of us who did not live through the height of the war. This therefore makes the book accessible to all. Irish and non. Those of us who are older and the young alike.
I saw that someone wanted to see interviews with the RUC and Gerry Adams in this book. I feel they have missed the point of this book and have probably slept through the last 30 odd years to make such a request. The RUC are still covering up and denying what happened pre 1969 and Gerry Adams is not known for his love of the Dark. So much so that he claimed the Dark actually "apologised" to him when in fact the Dark was in a coma and unable to speak.
Mr Adams' comments on the day this book was published also confirm WHY he wasn't included. His "Well we all know the Dark was very ill when he gave those interviews" is the latest in a long line of attempts to discredit not only Brendan but anyone who disagrees with the almighty Gerry. RUC and PSF interviews have no place in this book seeing as it is about the personal experiences of two well known people in the "Troubles"
The David Ervine section opened my eyes to some facts I wasn't aware of. And made me curious to deepen my knowledge on these. I did find it somewhat lacking compared to the Brendan Hughes section but this is probably due to the fact he was still a main player on the scene at the time and afraid of possible comebacks and political fallouts, even though the interviews could not be released until after his death.
I have also seen the documentary of the same name and found it just as interesting and sad hearing Brendan's voice once more.
This is a highly recommended book for anyone who wants to learn about one man's fight for Irish Independence and why he turned his back on Provisional Sinn Fein. This book holds more weight than any other before.