Amanda Mastran's Reviews > A Secret History of the IRA: Gerry Adams and the Thirty Year War

A Secret History of the IRA by Ed Moloney
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Jul 26, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction, favorites

One of the best nonfiction texts I've read. This text gives a detailed account of the development and history of the Irish Republican Army during the Northern Ireland Troubles, as well as the development of their associated political party, Sinn Fein. However, the text doesn't feel heavy in the way that many historical texts do. It's very engaging and reader friendly, reading more like a novel than a history text.

The only downfall of this book is that Ed Moloney is clearly a very big fan of Gerry Adams. He paints Adams as the hero who led Northern Ireland out of the Troubles. Not exactly an objective view point, but then, Moloney's opinionated writing is part of what keeps this text from being just another dry historical document.
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