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War and an Irish Town

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  4 reviews
'Passionate, informed, important: William Rivers Pitt helps us see what's wrong with American politics today. This book is a call to arms for anyone who believes the US is charting a deadly course.' Greg Palast, journalist and author of the bestseller, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
Paperback, 330 pages
Published October 31st 1993 by Pluto Press (first published January 1st 1980)
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Had this been purely a social history of the rise of the Civil Rights movement in 1960s Derry, and a portrayal of the descent into anarchy, first with the Battle of the Bogside, then with the rise of the Provisionals in the early 70s, this would've been a solid 4 star for me, but I became lost at times in the latter stages of the book, in which McCann pontificates on a number of subjects.

That said, this is definitely a worthwhile read to get a feeling for the inequality suffered by the majority
I read this book about 20 or 25 years ago when the "Troubles" in Ireland were still a big, tragic mess. Thank God that’s pretty much history (or at least appears to be). It’s an enlightening read about the lousy situation the Catholics in Ulster faced, what it was like to grow up in that, how the mess developed over time, how the authorities often did the absolute wrong thing, and how ordinary people almost naturally and necessarily became radicalized. Taking human nature as something relatively ...more
revolutionary praxis at the center of this study on the irish troubles. thoughtful historical analysis of the material interests at play in the south and north of ireland and britain to reinforce divisions, maintain stratification and subordinate a class movement.
Dan Sharber
"they divided both to conquer each..."
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