Nothing But an Unfinished Song: The Life and Times of Bobby Sands

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PublicAffairs, Dec 8, 2006 - History - 464 pages
At seventeen, Bobby Sands was interested in girls, soccer, and music. Ten years later he led his fellow prisoners on a protest against repressive conditions in Northern Ireland's H-Block prisons that grabbed the world's attention. After sixty-six days of refusing to eat, Sands died on May 5, 1981. Parliaments across the world stopped for a minute's silence in his honor. Bobby Sand's remarkable life and death have made him an Irish Che Guevara. Nothing But an Unfinished Song is the first biography to properly describe the motivation of the hunger strikers, recreating this period of history from within the prison walls. This powerful book illuminates for the first time this enigmatic, controversial and heroic figure.

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A moment-by-moment chronicle of the Irish revolutionary's political education in Gulag Belfast.While sympathetic to Sands (1954-81), O'Hearn is frank about the controversial, often violent IRA actions ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Denis O'Hearn has written for The Guardian, In These Times and many other publications. He is a professor sociology at the Universtiy of Binghamton in New York. He lives in Belfast with his partner and two daughters.

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