Making Sense of the Troubles

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Penguin Adult, Nov 29, 2001 - History - 368 pages
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By far the clearest account of what happened in the Northern Ireland conflict - and why. The troubles rolled grimly on for almost thirty years from the late '60s until the onset of the current shaky peace process. In that time they never strayed far off the news schedules of the world's media. But behind the wall of information and opinion there was a straightforward and gripping story, demanding to be told in an accessible way. Award-winning Ireland correspondent for the Independent David McKittrick and historian David McVea at last tell that story - clearly, concisely and above all fairly.

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Review: Making Sense of the Troubles: The Story of the Conflict in Northern Ireland

User Review  - Jesse Young - Goodreads

Put simply, this is a textbook. But a really solid one. The writing lacks any flare and is strictly just-the-facts. Still, it's a good, short primer to the Troubles through 2001. I really wanted to understand Northern Ireland's history, and this does a great job. Read full review

Review: Making Sense of the Troubles: The Story of the Conflict in Northern Ireland

User Review  - Peter Colclasure - Goodreads

Catholics and Protestants killing one another for several decades. Then they stop. This is the fourth book I've read about the Troubles since an Irish history class in college piqued my interest ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

David McKittrick is the Ireland correspondent for the Independent. He received the Orwell Prize for Journalism in April 2000. In 1999 he was named Correspondent of the Year by the BBC's What the Papers Say. He was also co-author of the bestselling LOST LIVES, published by Mainstream in 1999. David McVea was head of the politics department at a Belfast grammar school for many years and has researched and written widely on the troubles.

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