- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Maverick House (6 Oct. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1908518243
- ISBN-13: 978-1908518248
- Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 2 x 13.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Siege at Jadotville Paperback – 6 Oct 2016
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'A fine book, well-written and expertly researched. It offers a clear insight into a period of Irish history endangered of being forgotten.' -- The Western People
'In telling the full story for the first time, former soldier, Declan Power does the brave men of A Company a great service' --John Moran, The Irish Times
'Siege At Jadotville lifts the lid on one of the most controversial episodes in Ireland's UN service.' --Sunday World
'The book is a welcome addition to the small number of books about the Congo operation and should be required reading for the Army.' --Don Lavery, The Irish Independent
'The book is a welcome addition to the small number of books about the Congo operation and should be required reading for the Army.' --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
It is a sad state of affairs when it takes a Hollywood actor to draw your attention to bravery and sacrifice on your own doorstep. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until Jamie Dornan attached himself to a Netflix motion picture of the same name that I became fully interested in this topic. I am not alone in my ignorance either. The tale of these brave Irish soldiers’ bravery has been all but wiped from national history in recent decades. Thankfully, Declan Power has written the book that these heroes fully deserve.
Historical non-fiction is a perilous genre. It is never going to compete with the bestsellers and to be successful it must walk the tightrope of attracting popular opinion whilst also standing up against the scrutiny of academics. Declan Power achieves this with impressive skill. Here he has created a book that factually leaves no stone unturned, yet also maintains an entertaining flow that engages the reader throughout. The 288 pages fly by as Power recounts the political climate at the time, the state of the Irish Army and UN at the time and the events and aftermath of Jadotville.
I found myself reading this book in a constant state of disbelief. How could 150 Irish soldiers compete with an army five thousand strong led by well paid mercenaries? How could they deal with constant air raids, dwindling food and water supplies and a complete lack of military information and support? The answers to these questions tell an extraordinary tale that reveals startling truths about the UN’s involvement in the Congo during a turbulent decade.
In September 1963, A Company were sent to replace a company of twice their number in Jadotville.Read more ›
This book is a "must read" for any serving or retired soldier. The Irish Army are always wrongly critisised for never being in a real war. This book shows that is so untrue. Well done bringing this very important piece of history to the masses.
The author, however, excessively identifies with and is far too sympathetic to the Irish. He is knowing and 'insiderish' - with a nod, a wink and a rather smart-alec writing style, he expects his readership to be the same. His English is clumsy and sometimes illiterate. From page 72 of my paperback version:
'Katanga would eventually be suppressed by the forces of ONUC fighting conventional infantry battles, and these "revolutionary cells" entirely failed to give any support to the nascent state, if they weren't just a figment of Trinquier's battle-scarred imagination.'. Dear me. Even with context, knowing that it's the French acronym and broadly who Trinquier is, this is hard to understand. It is representative.
The book needed to be written and it tells a good story. But it would have been better done by a dispassionate professional historian who can also write. Unusually, the movie is better than the book upon which it is based. I suspect we await the definitive history of the siege at Jadotville.
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This clearly calls out the circumstances prior to, during and after the action . This little piece of hidden Irish military history deserved to be recognised sooner than it was... Read morePublished 5 months ago by colm daly
A very well written book of this period in Irish history. If you are a history student or have an interest in Irish politics, you will not be disappointed by this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Martha B
A long overdue telling of the courage and fighting spirit of the Irish Army in the Congo. A must read for those interested in military history.Published 6 months ago by Sean McKenna
I watched the film, which encouraged me to buy the book. The book gives a lot more background to the political situation at the time as well as giving some depth to the characters. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael Rees-Prichett
Well done a story left untold for far too long. Research into the story shows and the treatment of these brave soldiers was shamefulPublished 7 months ago by leith1