GUNRUNNERS

The Covert Arms Trail to Ireland

By
Sean Boyne
Gunrunners

The full story of how weapons from the KGB, Gadaffi's Libya and US gun shops got to Ireland: and how the smuggling rings were finally broken. Also available in paperback.
'a very fine piece of work' The Irish Times

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496 pages
Size:
234x156 mm
ISBN:
9780862789084
Category History, Northern Ireland, Politics

Sean Boyne, an expert on defence and arms trafficking gives us a facinating but disturbing insight into the shadowy world of arms dealers, spies and moles.

With interviews with the dealers, agents and traffickers involved in the movement of huge quantities of arms into Ireland in the 1970s and 1980s, Sean Boyne exposes many of the little-known aspects of this part of Irish history, such as the IRA's connections to the KGB and Libya.

Fully illustrated, with high quality photographs and graphs throughout, Gunrunners lays bare the hidden world of some of the most dangerous people who played a part in this often misunderstood part of Irish history.

Sean Boyne is a journalist and author, and is currently news editor of The Sunday World, a major Irish newspaper.

A richly documented account of the plots, risks, and sheer audacity, surrounding the paramilitary gunrunners of Northern Ireland. A valuable record.

The Guardian
Richard Norton-Taylor - The Guardian

A riveting read and will be an eye-opener for many

The Munster Express
Munster Express

impressive achievement . . . an indispensable contribution to the literature of The Troubles. Scholarly and thoroughly documented, this book is highly readable

Irish Independent

a very fine piece of work. One of the most experienced journalists in the country, Sean Boyne has done us all a service by distilling the dramatic and disturbing saga of recent Irish gunrunning into a single volume. The story still takes almost 500 pages but the author came into journalism at a time when a high premium was placed on writing, clear lucid English and he takes us through this 40-year history at a cracking pace.

The Irish Times

As a journalist, Boyne moved in the inner circles during much of the Troubles and this insight is fascinating. The book is also fully illustrated, which adds greatly to the read, and is broken down into very definite sections. For readers with an interest in history and the Troubles, Gunrunners ranks among the best in its field.

Longford News

A richly documented account of the plots, risks, and sheer audacity, surrounding the paramilitary gunrunners of Northern Ireland. A valuable record.

The Guardian
Richard Norton-Taylor - The Guardian

A riveting account . . . As a leading authority on arms trafficking, and having spent a lifetime in journalism covering the events he describes in this book, Boyne is well placed to reveal many of the secrets of the trade. And this he does much to the entertainment and education of the reader.

The Sunday Independent
Sunday Independent

A riveting read and will be an eye-opener for many

The Munster Express
Munster Express

impressive achievement . . . an indispensable contribution to the literature of The Troubles. Scholarly and thoroughly documented, this book is highly readable

Irish Independent

a very fine piece of work. One of the most experienced journalists in the country, Sean Boyne has done us all a service by distilling the dramatic and disturbing saga of recent Irish gunrunning into a single volume. The story still takes almost 500 pages but the author came into journalism at a time when a high premium was placed on writing, clear lucid English and he takes us through this 40-year history at a cracking pace.

The Irish Times

A riveting account . . . As a leading authority on arms trafficking, and having spent a lifetime in journalism covering the events he describes in this book, Boyne is well placed to reveal many of the secrets of the trade. And this he does much to the entertainment and education of the reader.

The Sunday Independent
Sunday Independent

A richly documented account of the plots, risks, and sheer audacity,
surrounding the paramilitary gunrunners of Northern Ireland. A valuable
record.

Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian

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