HOPE AND HISTORY

Making Peace in Ireland

By
Gerry Adams
Hope and History

Is the unique inside story, revealing the truth behind the headlines of how the peace process was begun, and brought to fruition. Adams conveys the tensions, the sense of teetering on the brink, and he has a sharp eye and acute ear for the more humorous foibles of political allies and enemies alike.

 

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406 pages
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240x160 mm
ISBN:
9780863223174

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406 pages
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197x129 mm
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9780863223303

The unique inside story of one of the most controversial public figures, Gerry Adams here reveals the truth behind the headlines of how the peace process was begun and how it was brought to fruition. Looking at covert talks between Republicans and the British government, the Irish-American role and meetings in the White House, the emergence of dissidents within the Republican movement, the breakdown of the first IRA cessation and the final negotiations, this is perhaps the single most important book yet to be published on the question of Northern Ireland.

President of Sinn Féin and TD for Louth, Gerry Adams has been a published writer since 1982. His books have won critical acclaim in many quarters and have been widely translated. His writings range from local history and reminiscence to politics and short stories, and they include the fullest and most authoritative exposition of modern Irish republicanism.

Born in West Belfast in 1948 into a family with close ties to both the trade union and republican movements, Gerry Adams is the eldest of ten children. His mother was an articulate and gentle woman, his father a republican activist who had been jailed at the age of sixteen, and he was partly reared by his grandmother, who nurtured in him a love of reading.

His childhood, despite its material poverty, he has described in glowing and humorous terms, recollecting golden hours spent playing on the slopes of the mountain behind his home and celebrating the intimate sense of community in the tightly packed streets of working-class West Belfast. But even before leaving school to work as a barman, he had become aware of the inequities and inequalities of life in the north of Ireland. Soon he was engaged in direct action on the issues of housing, unemployment and civil rights.

For many years his voice was banned from radio and television by both the British and Irish governments, while commentators and politicians condemned him and all he stood for. But through those years his books made an important contribution to an understanding of the true circumstances of life and politics in the north of Ireland.

James F. Clarity of the New York Times described him in the Irish Independent as "A good writer of fiction whose stories are not IRA agitprop but serious art."

Whatever you think about the Sinn Fein leader, he has an extraordinary story to tell. Hope and History, his latest book, is a fascinating account of his journey through the peace process...

Daily Mirror

There are many books on the Irish peace process. However, this personal account by Gerry Adams is an essential edition...

The Irish Times
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