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on 15 April 2011
Sadly this book does not live up to anything near the blurb on the cover.Incidents are glossed over in a matter of paragraphs and in some cases by a few sentences.It is mainly a brief synopsis of the history of the Provisional IRA from its birth in 1971 to its eventual collapse in 2005.The book could be used mainly as a reference point to explore in depth a number of different times and events in the history of the "Troubles" and in particular the PIRA's involvement in them.The birth of the PIRA,Internment,the H-Blocks(Blanket protests/Hunger strikes)and the eventual Peace process.All these areas are covered in far more depth in other publications
Gerry Bradleys comments weaved throughout the book in between Brian Feeneys history lesson are insightful but are too few to label this book as his story.He is merely a character used to highlight the various eras in which the PIRA operated.The book itself is padded out to over 300 pages with the use of large type with plenty of spaces between the words and the sentences.3-4 hours should see the whole book read.
A useful story for people starting to explore Northern Irish politics but not the grand expose promised by the author on the cover.If Gerry Bradley was hounded to his death because of this books content then those who did the hounding need to take a serious look at themselves.Other than some personal recollections by Gerry there was nothing in this book which I didn't know already.