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Making Peace (Updated with a New Preface)

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UPDATED WITH A NEW PREFACE

Fifteen minutes before five o'clock on Good Friday, 1998, Senator George Mitchell was informed that his long and difficult quest for an Irish peace effort had succeeded--the Protestants and Catholics of Northern Ireland, and the governments of the Republic of Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom, would sign the agreement. Now Mitchell, who serv
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Paperback, 200 pages
Published August 4th 2000 by University of California Press (first published 1999)
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Mandy Jo
Oct 02, 2011 Mandy Jo rated it really liked it
This week’s headline? Peace in Ulster

Why this book? executive, harmonizing, consultative

Which book format? UC Press paperback

Primary reading environment? all day Saturday

Any preconceived notions? written by politician

Identify most with? sadly, Ian Paisley

Three little words? “democracy and non-violence”

Goes well with? coffee and protein

Recommend this to? Mitchell Scholarship applicants

"This conflict was made and sustained by men and women. It could be ended by men and women. And I knew those men
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Joe
Jan 04, 2014 Joe rated it really liked it
Completed 140119: Very enjoyable. My first reading of the Irish peace process. A bit tedious at times, but nonetheless informative. I am particularly intrigued with the role of "timing" in a negotiation process. Speeding up and slowing down are as important to the outcome as are the substantive issues.
Rachel
Jun 07, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very readable account of the peace process from Mitchell's point of view, and has a good summery of the groups involved which I found helpful. Whatever you think of the details it's amazing that they managed to achieve agreement at all, and at least made a basis to build on. Worth reading.
Briynne
May 23, 2007 Briynne rated it it was amazing
Senator George Mitchell's account of his role mediating the Belfast Accord. Amazing, amazing book for anyone who is at all interested in international diplomacy, Irish history, or anything of the sort. The man sat down with Gerry Adams and Ian Paisley at the same time - he's officially a hero.
Aaron
Mar 12, 2016 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting recount of efforts to bring two long warring sects/peoples, though it remains inexplicable how the hatred can/could become so entrenched in the first place. An enjoyable read from an accomplished mediator.
Elizabeth
May 28, 2008 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
Shelves: ireland
Probably would have given it a higher rating before the Mitchell Report came out. . . his view point of the peace process in Northern Ireland. . . Gerry Adams' books are must better (more of the Irish humor!)
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