A Secret History of the IRA

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W. W. Norton & Company, Nov 1, 2003 - History - 624 pages
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Filled with disclosures and based on the author's unprecedented access to the Irish Republican Army, this explosive book sparked controversy when it was first published in hardcover. Delving deeply into the inner workings, furtive plots, and deadly rivalries of the Irish Republican Army, Ed Moloney, who has covered the IRA since the late 1970s, delivers a riveting account of how one of the world's oldest and most ruthless terrorist groups was maneuvered into ending its thirty-year war with Britain. With revelations including the IRA's long and astonishing associations with Qaddafi's regime, Margaret Thatcher's secret diplomacy with Gerry Adams, the Catholic Church's clandestine negotiations with Republican leadership, and hitherto undisclosed activities of the American government under Bill Clinton, A Secret History rewrites, with dramatic results, the story of this intractable conflict. In particular, fascinating material on Adams's Machiavellian rise to power establishes the IRA leader as one of the most complex political figures of our time. Like Thomas Friedman in From Beirut to Jerusalem, Moloney brings a sharply intelligent reporter's eye to a tangled history often baffling to outsiders. #1 international bestseller; A Washington Post 2002 Rave.
 

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Review: Secret History of the Ira: Gerry Adams And The Thirty Year War

User Review  - Rachel Teen - Goodreads

Significant amount of disclosure in this book - excellent read, so informative. Read full review

Review: Secret History of the Ira: Gerry Adams And The Thirty Year War

User Review  - John Meffen - Goodreads

Interesting read, especially about Adams/McGuinness had to say to the public what the rank & file wanted to hear, while at the same time trying to convince the Irish/UK Government that they were trying for peace. How they managed it without a split like in 1969 I do not know? Good on them. Read full review

Contents

Prologue
3
The Dogs of War
35
Roots
37
The Defenders
74
The Big Lad
93
Taking On the Old Guard
131
Cage 11
133
Our Dreyfus
163
CeaseFire
392
The Sos
428
The Point of No Return
455
Epilogue
480
Special Sinn Fein Ard Comhairle Meeting April 12 1980
493
TUAS DocumentSummer 1994
498
Post1996 Convention IRA Constitution
502
IRA Executive Chairman Seamus McGranes Speech at the 1997 Convention
509

A Long Hot Summer
196
A Secret Process
217
Behind the Scenes
219
Dealing with the Brits
246
Stepping Stones
261
No Idle Boast
287
Death in Tyrone
304
The War of the Twilight
326
The Derry Experiment
350
Ending the War
373
Seven Men in a Room
375
IRA Chiefs of Staff
513
The Mitchell Principles
514
Notes
515
Chronology of Events
537
Dramatis Personnae
550
Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations
562
Chart of IRA Structure
573
Bibliography
575
Index
581
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About the author (2003)

Ed Moloney has been Northern editor of the Irish Times and the Sunday Tribune. He has written for the Washington Post, The Economist, and The Guardian, and in 1999 he was elected Irish Journalist of the Year. He lives in New York.

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