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Palgrave Macmillan, Jan 5, 2002 - History - 808 pages

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.

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Though a tough read at times, this book is a must for anyone who would wish to truly understand the motives and sometimes in-comprehendible reasoning for the armed struggle to continue. Certainly not a recruiting sergeant but an insight into the thinking of the people involved from all sides, and perhaps through this and other books like it we can limit the mistakes of the past. 

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About the author (2002)

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.

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