by Tim Pat Coogan


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An updated edition of this unique, bestselling history of the Irish Republican Army, now including behind-the-scenes information on the recent advances made in the peace process. The IRA provides the only objective, comprehensive history of the organization that has transformed the Irish nationalist movement during the past century. With clarity and objectivity, Coogan examines the IRA's origins, its foreign links, bombing campaigns, hunger strikes and sectarian violence and its role in the latest attempts to bring peace to Northern Ireland.

Meticulously researched and backed up by interviews with past and present members of the organization, Tim Pat Coogan's book is an authoritative and compelling account of modern Irish history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312294168
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/05/2002
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 864
Sales rank: 1,147,741
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.82(d)

About the Author

Tim Pat Coogan is one of the best known journalists and historians in Ireland. Former editor of theIrish Press, he has written several books, includingWherever Green is Worn (Palgrave), The Troubles (Palgrave), On the Blanket; and bestselling biographies of Michael Collins and De Valera. He lives in Dublin.

Table of Contents

Part IBeginnings to 1969
1The Origins of the IRA3
2Dilemmas of Violence and Politics38
3The Triumph of Fianna Fail64
4The IRA's Foreign Links92
5The Bombing Campaign113
6Years of Disaster132
7The IRA in the North160
8The Years of the Curragh191
9The IRA and the Nazis202
10Republic and Republicans: I218
11Republic and Republicans: II244
12Prelude to the Border Campaign256
13Splits in the Ranks277
14The Border Campaign: 1956-62297
15New Initiatives: 1962-70330
Part II1969-1979
16The Roots of the Conflict341
17The Constitutional Participants in the Drama354
18The Provisional IRA -- the Rebirth of a Movement365
19The British Campaign385
20Response to Violence392
21Prison: Riots, Escapes, Unlucky Freedoms, Personalities and a Place Called Crossmaglen402
22Hunger Striking: the IRA Reach Beyond the Bars410
24The Use of Torture438
25Sectarian Murder443
26Return to Secrecy and Discipline464
Part III1979-1986
27The Ignition of the Crisis477
28Five Demands and Hunger Strikes486
29The Test of the Ballot Box502
30Bombs in Britain and Counter-Insurgency513
31Action in Ireland522
32The INLA: 1980-93534
33The Green Book544
34The Green Book: II560
Part IV1986-1993
35The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend575
36Gerry Adams620
37Peace Comes Dropping Slow639
38From Despair to Hope671
Appendix I774
Appendix II775
Selected References777
Index of Names783
General Index799
Northern Ireland2

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The IRA 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book covers the fascinating story of the IRA from it's beginnings right up to the start of the new millennium. I especially liked the fact that much of the text is drawn from the authors' own experiences as a journalist from interviews conducted with IRA men and women in active service, captivity, exile, and retirement, as well as accounts from friends and family members. I also enjoyed the accounts from the UDA/Loyalist point of view, which I did not expect. Although this book is a long one at over 700 pages, Tim Pat's writing style flows well and is neither wandering nor to rigid. It makes for an enjoyable read. I bought this book because I didn't know much about the IRA or the situation of Northern Ireland and all its consequences for the people of that region and Ireland as a whole. Now I can safely say that I have been well informed from this book and look to further my knowledge on the subject even more. If your curious about the subject of Irish Nationalism pick this one up, I can't see how you could possibly be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tim Coogan describes, in great detail, how the IRA formed, why they formed, and the battles they fought. He also discusses the political wing of the IRA. I would give this book 6 stars if possible.
SithCrow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
not exactly the most academic history you'll ever read in your life but coogan knows (apparently) *everyone* and he's an engaging writer.
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