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Unfinished Peace: Thoughts on Northern Ireland's Unanswered Past Paperback – 7 Dec 2015
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17 March 2016
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One of the best books to come out in a generation with regards to the turbulent past ,(and present) in the North of Ireland. This is a must read book for anybody wanting to know about the current status of the so called 'peace process' and more importantly how we have arrived to this point. Not only does Rowan take us to this point he asks some very difficult questions that need to be answered if we wish to proceed further and attempt to finally quite literally put 'the past' into the past and to be able to rid our selves of its shackles and look forward to a fair and equitable society for all.
24 April 2016
Among the many troubles related books written this one stands a unique book. It's a book about Northern Ireland's ongoing struggle, that is, to complete the peace. But it is much more than political commentary, though that is present throughout yet in an insightful and sensitive way from the author, the experienced and highly respected journalist Brian Rowan. The book is a great achievement in that it gives very honest, authentic voice to, not simple political narratives, but human stories of hurt and of hope, and of the growing swell of ordinary people, those who survived, many of whom survived as victims, as yet unheard who need to be heard, and the need for everyone else to hear them. I have reflected much on what I've read, it took me a while to let this book in, I've taken my time over it intentionally, because in it we inevitably find our own story, or the stories of others we know and knew, and realised the all too painful reality that the descriptive "the troubles" is the superlative of Northern Irish understatement, the pain and the darkness run deep. Tony Blair famously said at the time of the Good Friday Agreement that while it was not the time for sound bites he "felt the hand of history on his shoulder" Well this book illustrates that sound bites will not do, they weren't quite enough then, and still aren't today, and the weight of history political and personal is on all our shoulders and is in urgent need to be laid down. This book gives voice to the cry of many hearts for such a collective process to begin in a meaningful, formal and lasting way. I hope that it is widely read, particularly by those with political responsibility in Northern Ireland. For anyone who has never read anything on the Northern Ireland before I suggest that there is no better place than this to start. You will be taken into the lives, and thoughts of some of those who in one way or another reflect many many others who lived through the turmoil and its effects. In short you will understand in a way that a mere historical commentary will not offer you, and if you are like me you will by the end of the book be willing the people of Northern Ireland on to the place and the peace that they so desperately deserve and need.
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