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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press (3 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745321062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745321066
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
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"Colin Crawford's book is certainly to be welcomed ... As a probation officer who works with former loyalist prisoners, Crawford was almost uniquely placed to produce an 'ethnography' on loyalism, in which sections of the UDA describe themselves and their actions, in their own words." Roger Cottrell, Lobster 4

About the Author

Colin Crawford formerly worked as a Probation Officer in the Maze prison. He now lectures in Applied Social Studies at the University of Ulster. He is the author of Defenders or Criminals: Loyalist Prisoners and Criminalisation (Blackstaff, 1999). He is also a professional psychotherapist.


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This is an excellent book on the paramilitary organisation,the ulster defence association(UDA). The author was a probation officer and got to know and be trusted by paramilitary prisoners. The first 2 chapters detail a brief history of the northern ireland situation and the authors history and how he came to meet the prisoners.Followed by a general chapter on structure and issues like collusion. Next 4 chapters are the main part of the book. They detail 4 time periods of the UDA. 1. 1970s when the UDA was formed. 2. 1980s infiltration and reorganisation. 3. mid 80s travelling gunmen and selective strategy. 4. 1990s retaliatory sectarian murder. What makes these chapters different from any other book on the subject is instead of a brief quote by the paramilitary followed by heavy editorializing by the author,in this book,the individual paramilitaries are given 4 or 5 pages ,uninterrupted to make their point. They talk about how they became involved in the UDA and actual terrorist operations they went on. Many of the UDA men use pseudonyms while some give their real names. The final chapter has distubing interviews with 4 UDA men who took part in the horrendous 1993 Greysteel massacre. What sets this book apart from many others in the same genre is the lack of sensationalism. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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This is an absolutely superb book. Nothing of this nature has been done before into the subject of Loyalist prisoners in Northern Ireland. It gives a truly unbiased look at the role the Loyalist prisoners and their colleague on the outside, played in the Ulster conflict.
A must read for all who have an interest in Northern Ireland politics and terrorist conflict generally.
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Excellent product and first class service.
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This is a must read for anyone who wants to know the truth from a working class protestant point of view! The British and Irish media would have the world think that Loyalist are just drug dealers and indiscriminate killers. How untrue, these people "took out" members of the IRA/Sinn Fein and in the end forced the IRA to take notice and sit down and talk in the (non armed) political arena. Maybe some day the world will realise that these people could only take so much before they had to retaliate. Just as America did after 9/11. Please read and try to understand from the other side!
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This is a fascinating book covering a subject that seems to be forgotten about in the context of the Troubles. However, I found the author rather patronising in his continual use of bracketed explanations of names,organisations etc.After completeing most of the chapters of the book it really doesn't need to be explained in brackets that the UDA is the Ulster Defence Association. It grated, broke the flow of the book and as I said was annoyingly patronising.
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