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Lost Lives: The Stories of the Men, Women and Children who Died as a Result of the Northern Ireland Troubles

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  8 reviews
This is the story of the Northern Ireland troubles told as never before. It is not concerned with the political bickering, but with the lives of those who have suffered and the deaths which have resulted from more than three decades of conflict.
Over a seven-year period, the authors examined every death which was directly caused by the troubles. Their research involved int
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Hardcover, 1648 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Mainstream Publishing (first published October 8th 1999)
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Paul Bryant
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You can only read this book a few pages at a time, it's very upsetting. It gives you like no other account I ever read the details of urban guerilla war. I'll give one example. On 9 August 1971 running gun battles erupted between the IRA, the Protestant militias and the British Army. It was chaos. 12 people died in one night. Here's one of the 12 deaths :

A reporter from the Irish Times named Kevin Myers was in the middle of it. He was in a house and was shot at by some sniper from a house
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Sam
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After getting only a short way into this book the waste of life was aready crystal clear...anyone in or out of Northern Ireland, or anywhere else for that matter, who thinks violence is the answer should read this (or even just slowly flick through it) and see that it achieves nothing except needless pain and suffering generally by those not involved. I may be described as heartless at times but this has even brought tears to my eyes.

The aim of the book is to provide a chronological list of all
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Kyle Magin
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a very clear, very formulaic breakdown of the troubles. The timeline-style layout didn't make for the most engaging writing, but it was very easily understandable. The pace is quick, which is great for readability, but a little challenging because some of the biggest events—Bloody Sunday, the Hunger Strike, and the Good Friday—feel like they get glossed over.
Glen
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It took me over 2 and a half years to read this book from start to finish, over 1600 pages of small print and double columns, and today I finished with death number 3637 after reviewing over 30 years of the de facto civil war in Northern Ireland euphemistically dubbed "The Troubles". This book is a labor of love and compassion by the four journalists who worked on it over the course of seven years. It is unlike any book I have ever read, in that it tells the tale in chronological order, without ...more
Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/600160.html[return][return]I haven't finished this. I never will. It is too heart-rending. It lists 3697 victims of the Troubles, including not only those who died as a direct result of violent acts, but also others whose deaths, ostensibly due to natural causes, was obviously related to the violence.[return][return]The gut-wrenching thing is the sheer pointlessness of it all. The bloke who worked for the Queen as a royal coachman, out bird-watching one day, killed by ...more
Jen
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I ended up skimming a lot of this because it's just so heartbreaking.
Dblack
Jun 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Hard to know what to say - it never really leaves you.
Dominic Kearney
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dispassionate, meticulous account of the Troubles, death by death. Unemotional, non-judgmental, yet full of sorrow.
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