Having attended Scottish football games for a number of years without really knowing about the association with Ireland and sectarianism, and coming from a political background at university where I didn't study the Northern Ireland question in much detail, I wanted a book that would give me an insight into the problems with enough detail about the historical background as well as the breakout of modern troubles after 1969. What I wanted was what I got from this book. It was written in an easy to understand format, giving me the historical detail that is important to understand how the modern troubles erupted without bogging the reader down in too many historical facts. The timeline at the end of the book is also very good from a reference viewpoint. Having looked at reviews of the book it is understandable why Unionists could see the book as being slightly biased, as there is at times strong emphasis on the fact that the IRA war was a political war whereas groups such as the UVF were fighting a war of pure bigotry. However, whether this actually is based on fact is something which I can explore by delving into the subject more through readingf other material, which the base this book has given me has encouraged me to do.