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.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|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 I||Beginnings to 1969|
|1||The Origins of the IRA||3|
|2||Dilemmas of Violence and Politics||38|
|3||The Triumph of Fianna Fail||64|
|4||The IRA's Foreign Links||92|
|5||The Bombing Campaign||113|
|6||Years of Disaster||132|
|7||The IRA in the North||160|
|8||The Years of the Curragh||191|
|9||The IRA and the Nazis||202|
|10||Republic and Republicans: I||218|
|11||Republic and Republicans: II||244|
|12||Prelude to the Border Campaign||256|
|13||Splits in the Ranks||277|
|14||The Border Campaign: 1956-62||297|
|15||New Initiatives: 1962-70||330|
|16||The Roots of the Conflict||341|
|17||The Constitutional Participants in the Drama||354|
|18||The Provisional IRA -- the Rebirth of a Movement||365|
|19||The British Campaign||385|
|20||Response to Violence||392|
|21||Prison: Riots, Escapes, Unlucky Freedoms, Personalities and a Place Called Crossmaglen||402|
|22||Hunger Striking: the IRA Reach Beyond the Bars||410|
|24||The Use of Torture||438|
|26||Return to Secrecy and Discipline||464|
|27||The Ignition of the Crisis||477|
|28||Five Demands and Hunger Strikes||486|
|29||The Test of the Ballot Box||502|
|30||Bombs in Britain and Counter-Insurgency||513|
|31||Action in Ireland||522|
|32||The INLA: 1980-93||534|
|33||The Green Book||544|
|34||The Green Book: II||560|
|35||The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend||575|
|37||Peace Comes Dropping Slow||639|
|38||From Despair to Hope||671|
|Index of Names||783|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
not exactly the most academic history you'll ever read in your life but coogan knows (apparently) *everyone* and he's an engaging writer.