`Cometh the hour, cometh the man.',
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This review is from: Before the Dawn: An Autobiography (Paperback)
Whatever your allegiance you need to read this eye opening autobiography, Gerry Adams's story from his humble birth in Belfast in 1948 up to his part in the negotiations that led to the IRA cessation of military operations in 1994. His memories of childhood in the Ballymurphy region of Belfast are lively written and replete with both humour and pathos, until the grim realities of the sectarian struggle darken the mood.
Adams's undeviating service to his cause, his stance against the British that made him a target for Loyalist bullets and the brutal treatment of his people from the British run through the book like a thread in a skein of wool. He brings it all alive; the sinister goings on in areas of the strife torn city where Loyalists and Republicans clashed; the events of `Bloody Sunday;' his imprisonment; being wounded in a Loyalist attack; and the hunger strikes that culminated with the death of Bobby Sands and colleagues. It's an illuminating and rewarding read and an insight into the man behind the enigma.