- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: The O'Brien Press; 2 edition (28 Feb. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184717258X
- ISBN-13: 978-1847172587
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 19.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'raw and authentic' (Irish Independent)
'Gerry Bradley’s story deserves to be told, if only as a cautionary tale' (Irish Independent)
'a riveting read' (Sunday Times)
'Bradley may have achieved nothing in his war, but he and Feeney have turned a wasted life into a rattling good read.' (Sunday Times)
'280 pages of gripping revelations' (North Belfast News)
'not comfortable reading but it is important for what understanding it provides ... authentic' (Books Ireland)
'gives a fascinating, if chilling, account of many of the major events of the period' (Books Ireland)
About the Author
Brian Feeney, a political columnist with the Irish News, is a leading nationalist commentator and frequent broadcaster on Northern Ireland affairs. He was an SDLP councillor for sixteen years. He is co-author of Lost Lives: the story of the men, women and children killed in the Northern Ireland troubles. In 2001 the book won the Christopher Ewart-Biggs award for its contribution to reconciliation in Ireland and Europe. A historian by profession, he is Head of History at St Mary's University College, Belfast.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
The late Gerry Bradley was brought up and spent most of his life within a very small area of North Belfast, the Carrick Hill/Unity Flats area. Over 30 years he caused mayhem within his area by planting bombs, organising scares, punishment beatings, picking fights, etc. Exiled for a while to New York, he just continued the same pattern of life.
He was cunning enough in the narrative not to implicate himself in any actual murders, but he must have despatched plenty of people to their graves. He co-operated with Feeney because he felt 'betrayed' by the Peace Process, and the head honchos of the movement filling their boots with loot, houses in Donegal and on the Continent but he had absolutely no insight into the fact that he was a useless, aggressive, mal-adjusted sociopath who contributed absolutely nothing to society during his singularly miserable life. He was driven to suicide, asphyxiating himself in a car park in Carrickfergus and the world would have been a better place if he had never been born.
This part of Belfast has changed beyond recognition, with the Divis and Unity Flats gone, and the roads completely remodelled so that it's impossible to imagine now how menacing Millfield and Upper Library Street were. The book evoked those feelings, unique to Belfast for me, better than anything I've ever read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was a compelling read, however as the story goes on, then the story line seems to vere off, leaving reader a bit bemused !Published 10 months ago by Ds
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