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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (13 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552146072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552146074
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'A book of major significance...told with the suspense of a thriller'" (Mark Kenny Daily Express)

"'A cracking story...O'Callaghan is one of the greatest friends of peace in Ireland'" (Observer)

"'An extraordinary memoir of life within the murky world of Republicanism...filled with astonishing insights into the personalities and politics of the Provisionals'" (Kevin Toolis Guardian)

"'The extraordinary story of an extraordinary man...His well-written book sheds an unprecedented light on the inner workings of the "Republican Movement"'" (Conor Cruise O'Brien Sunday Telegraph)

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By A Customer on 12 July 2001
Format: Paperback
No matter what your point of view is on the Irish politics, this book is worth reading. A clear majority of American media publications show only one - fairly tale side of the conflict. The story in this book describes the ugly reality.
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This is an outstanding personal account of one man's search for personal redemption. It describes how a young person can get caught up in fanaticism and commit cold blooded acts and yet also over time change and seek to make recompense. It is well written and gripping. Sean O'Callaghan is a courageous man who has not sought protection since his release from prison. I feel he is a friend of the search for peace in Ireland.
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This book gives an unparalleled insight into the IRA in the Irish Republic during the height of the troubles. The author showed tremendous courage in his determination to atone for his actions early in the troubles. Full of detail (which some might find off-putting) and gives the answer to many mysteries of the troubles (eg the kidnap of Shergar). Comparable with Eamon Collin's (better-written) "Killing Rage" but with some important differences. Sean never goes into as much depth on his motivation and soul-searching as the the deeply troubled Eamon Collins did but Sean was a much more senior IRA operative with very close links to the leadership of Sinn Fein/IRA and hence more political insights. It can also be argued that Sean's decisiveness kept him alive when Eamon's pontificating contributed to his own murder. The two dissidents meet in Dublin as described in this book. Contains some gruesome details of (ironically) hunger-strikes.
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This frank work must count as one of the most illuminating accounts of the Northern Ireland conflict. It stands out from the mass of other works on the subject by virtue of the length and depth of the author's experience within the IRA and by his willingness to criticise it publicly. The commitment of O'Callaghan to the ends which he has set himself and the risks he has taken in opposing the IRA leadership are staggering. He leaves the reader in no doubt that the publication of this book is in itself an act intended to have an impact on the violent politics of the province.
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By A Customer on 16 Dec. 1999
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I read this book last Spring (1999) and ever since have been fascinated with the whole N.Ireland issue. Sean has been honest with society and himself in writing this book and gives a great account of the life of an Informer inside the PIRA. Readers should also read Fifty Dead Men Walking by Martin MCCartland, Dead Ground by Raymond Gilmour and Killing Rage by Eamon Collins
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Not many books can say they were wrote by a person whom was at the top of the organisation. He sat on the army council and I am sure what is in this book is only a very slim picking of what he really knows about. Decent book.
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An, excellent, detailed account of one man's fight to save the lives of innocent people, taking every risk on his own life. A real mind opener to both sides of the political divide as to what actually goes on behind the scenes. Rush out and buy it!
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By A Customer on 19 Mar. 2000
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I read this book last year. I was staggered by the courage it took Sean O'Callaghan to do what he did. A very gripping read. A must for all Irish-Americans misled by NORAID propaganda.
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