This authoriative new history by historian Thomas Hennessey based on recently declassified British government documents argues that it was amost impossible for the British government to grant the demands of the Republican prisoners regardless of the impact the hunger strikes had in boosting support for Sinn FÔein.
"Veteran journalist and commentator Brian Rowan explores the unfinished peace process and the unanswered past by presenting new eye-witness accounts to the story-telling of the conflict and to the continuing tugs of war and peace.
From the first symptoms of serious unrest - the Divis Street riots of 1964 - to the tortuous political manoeuvrings culminating in the 2003 Assembly elections the book traces the reality of life in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.
In this book the author chronicles the abuse by the British state of emergency laws: harassment and intimidation of civilians; injuries and deaths caused by rubber and plastic bullets; collusion between British security forces British intelligence and loyalist paramilitaries; unjust killings and murders by the security forces; excessive punishments and degrading strip-searches in prisons – abuses ignored by all but a handful of individuals and civil rights organisations.
'This was the ultimate way to kill a man'<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> During the 1970s a group of Protestant paramilitaries embarked on a spree of indiscriminate murder which left thirty Northern Irish Catholics dead.
A timely work of major historical importance examining the whole spectrum of events from the 1916 Easter Rising to the current and ongoing peace process fully updated with a new afterword for the paperback edition.
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