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Before the Dawn: An Autobiography

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The controversial autobiography of the man at the heart of Irish Republican politics. Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams offers his own unique, intimate account of the early years of his career, from his childhood in working-class Belfast to the more turbulent years of social activism that followed. An engaging and revealing self-portrait. photo insert.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 21st 1998 by William Heinemann (first published 1996)
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Dani Mexuto
Nov 18, 2016 Dani Mexuto rated it it was amazing
Delicisionamente ben escrito.

Quédome co momento no que Gerry está na cadea e lle di ao pipiolo carceleiro inglés con elegancia que non esqueza nunca que eles son presos políticos, o día seguinte o tipo deixa o traballo de funcionario e volta a Inglaterra.
Juicy Julian
Sep 12, 2016 Juicy Julian rated it really liked it
leaves out a bunch since Big Gerry doesn't want people to think he was in the 'RA
looking at it from the perspective of a work meant to record history, it is obviously chock full of biases
still a proper decent read though, Gerry tells a good story
Ann
Jul 13, 2013 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Heather
Jan 21, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
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.
Paul Long
Jun 21, 2015 Paul Long rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good overview of life in Northern Ireland in from the 1960s through 1995, from one who lived it and became passionately involved. Admittedly a biased viewpoint, and because it was written in 1995, somewhat dated, but still an important work.
Simon
May 01, 2011 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a whole lot about him, more about the history. As one-sided as the black and white printer in work.
Bjorn Roose
May 01, 2015 Bjorn Roose rated it really liked it
Interesting book, but a pity that the story ends in 1981 (the hungerstrike). One would like to know what happened between that year and 1996, the year in which the epilogue was written.
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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 ...more
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