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The Orange Order
by Mervyn Jess
Born out of bloodshed, sustained by sectarianism and shrouded in secrecy, the Orange Order is one of the most abiding and controversial religion-based organisations in Europe, if not the world. Here, Mervyn Jess strips away the mystery and myths of the Order and traces its origins and defining moments.
Published May 25th 2007 by O'Brien Press
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Quite an interesting read, learnt a lot about the various Loyalists Orders without getting bogged down with the paramilitary issue or NI politics. Obviously not the most well balanced of books but it does go through both the good and bad sides of the Order and gives the views of people outside of the Order on both sides of the divide. An interesting read, especially for those with no connection with the Order, just to get a feel for how it works and what its all about.