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Before the Dawn: An Autobiography
by Gerry Adams
President of Sinn Fein and Westminster MP for West Belfast, 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 republicanis ...more
Hardcover, First Edition (U.S.), 332 pages
Published March 1997 by William Morrow & Company
(first published 1996)
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Excellent book. I decided to read this following a rereading of Leon Uris's "Trinity" because of my background and being familiar with many of the names and some of the incidents in Adams's book. This autobiography gives insight into his role in Sinn Fein and the republican's take on the events of the times. The book ends in 1996 without "a settlement between the people of Britain and the people of the island of Ireland", which in my opinion is a settlement way, way overdue.
Whatever one's opinion of his political views and efforts, it is readily apparent that Gerry Adams is a first-class writer and a committed activist. This book should be compulsory reading for anyone looking to understand the motivations of the Irish republican movement and the ongoing conflict in the northeast counties of Ireland.
Gerard "Gerry" Adams, MLA, MP (Irish: Gearóid Mac Ádhaimh; born 6 October 1948) is an Irish republican politician and abstentionist Westminster Member of Parliament for Belfast West. He is the president of Sinn Féin, the political party at the top of the latest North of Ireland election polls amidst a three-way split in the traditionally dominant unionist vote. Sinn Féin is the second largest part ...moreMore about Gerry Adams...