Voices from the Grave: Two Men's War in Ireland

 
9780571270514: Voices from the Grave: Two Men's War in Ireland

Ed Moloney’s A Secret History of the IRA is the best-informed account yet written of the IRA’s evolution from ruthless guerrilla army into governmental party, ruling Northern Ireland alongside its most intransigent former enemies. But reconciliation between political figures who until very recently wished each other dead or in jail has not been accompanied by very much truth-telling about the past. Men who have been to the White House and hob-nobbed with Tony Blair deny that they ever fired a shot in anger, or caused a bomb to be planted. Now, in a truly ground-breaking piece of historical evidence-gathering initiated by Boston College, two former paramilitary leaders – one republican, one loyalist - speak with unprecedented frankness about their role in some of the most appalling violence of the Troubles. Their openness results in a book of shocking and irresistible testimony, their voices set in the context of a narrative by Ed Moloney of their lives and of the society they grew up in.

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Review:

"Irish Times"
"The first and more gripping half of this fascinating, important book by Ed Moloney recreates Hughes's IRA career through his later reflections on it."
"Daily Express"
"This candid analysis of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, as seen through the eyes of two men of violence, is full of revelations...The memories of both men are vivid, gossipy and informed by an intense moral passion."
"Telegraph""[A] moving new book, which traces the conflict from [Hughes' and Erskine's] often diametrically opposed perspectives... Moloney's book expertly interweaves the two men's recollections with a detailed narrative of the conflict."
"Telegraph," April 17, 2010
"[A] moving new book, which traces the conflict from [Hughes' and Erskine's] often diametrically opposed perspectives... Moloney's book expertly interweaves the two men's recollections with a detailed narrative of the conflict."
"Open Democracy"
"How do you document the history of a conflict in which illegal organisations are among the central players? Voices from the Grave, by the veteran Northern Ireland correspondent Ed Moloney, is an intriguing attempt to answer that question." "Irish Central," July 23, 2010"Moloney's journalistic style pairs well with the jarring pictures of violence provided by his interviewees. ...Both Hughes and Ervine are now dead, making "Voices from the Grave" a definitive historical text...With few other recorded examples of paramilitary figures discussing the destruction and killings surrounding the Troubles, "Voices from the Grave" is an important addition to its field and an engrossing read." Basil and Spice, July 12, 2010""Voices From the Grave" is an important work of oral history, and thanks to Moloney's expertise on the subject of the violence in Ireland, is fleshed out and set in context so a non-specialist reader can grasp the details of the violence of the IRA and the UVF and other factions." Mary McWay Seaman, "National Book C

"Irish Times"
The first and more gripping half of this fascinating, important book by Ed Moloney recreates Hughes s IRA career through his later reflections on it.
"Daily Express"
This candid analysis of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, as seen through the eyes of two men of violence, is full of revelations The memories of both men are vivid, gossipy and informed by an intense moral passion.
"Telegraph" [A] moving new book, which traces the conflict from [Hughes and Erskine s] often diametrically opposed perspectives Moloney s book expertly interweaves the two men s recollections with a detailed narrative of the conflict.
"Telegraph," April 17, 2010
[A] moving new book, which traces the conflict from [Hughes and Erskine s] often diametrically opposed perspectives Moloney s book expertly interweaves the two men s recollections with a detailed narrative of the conflict.
"Open Democracy"
"How do you document the history of a conflict in which illegal organisations are among the central players? Voices from the Grave, by the veteran Northern Ireland correspondent Ed Moloney, is an intriguing attempt to answer that question. "Irish Central," July 23, 2010 Moloney s journalistic style pairs well with the jarring pictures of violence provided by his interviewees. Both Hughes and Ervine are now dead, making "Voices from the Grave" a definitive historical text With few other recorded examples of paramilitary figures discussing the destruction and killings surrounding the Troubles, "Voices from the Grave" is an important addition to its field and an engrossing read. Basil and Spice, July 12, 2010 "Voices From the Grave" is an important work of oral history, and thanks to Moloney's expertise on the subject of the violence in Ireland, is fleshed out and set in context so a non-specialist reader can grasp the details of the violence of the IRA and the UVF and other factions. Mary McWay Seaman, "National Book Critics Circle's Critical Mass blog" Unforgettable revelations, lush with little-known details and clandestine deal-making, alternately stun and shimmer throughout Ed Moloney s heartbreaking literary treasure. "

Irish Times
"The first and more gripping half of this fascinating, important book by Ed Moloney recreates Hughes's IRA career through his later reflections on it."

Daily Express
"This candid analysis of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, as seen through the eyes of two men of violence, is full of revelations...The memories of both men are vivid, gossipy and informed by an intense moral passion."

Telegraph"[A] moving new book, which traces the conflict from [Hughes' and Erskine's] often diametrically opposed perspectives... Moloney's book expertly interweaves the two men's recollections with a detailed narrative of the conflict."

Telegraph, April 17, 2010
"[A] moving new book, which traces the conflict from [Hughes' and Erskine's] often diametrically opposed perspectives... Moloney's book expertly interweaves the two men's recollections with a detailed narrative of the conflict."

Open Democracy
"How do you document the history of a conflict in which illegal organisations are among the central players? Voices from the Grave, by the veteran Northern Ireland correspondent Ed Moloney, is an intriguing attempt to answer that question." Irish Central, July 23, 2010

Book Description:

A sensational book that will drag the truth about the war in Northern Ireland further into the light than ever before.

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