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Peacerunner: The Untold Story of an American Politician Who Helped End Centuries of Warfare in Ireland

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This is the true story of an unknown American politician who played a critical role in ending centuries of conflict in Northern Ireland. Without the President’s permission, and breaking every conventional rule about how to deal with terrorists, former congressman Bruce Morrison helped end a conflict that most observers thought would continue indefinitely.

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Hardcover, 350 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by BenBella Books
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Margaret Sankey
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bruce Morrison, a classmate of the Clintons, legal aid lawyer and D-Conn in Congress, had become interested in Irish politics via the process of passing an immigration reform bill and saw the potential of the Irish-American lobby to affect Democratic politics. After disastrously losing a governor's race, Morrison devoted himself to being a go-between for Gerry Adams and Albert Reynolds, eventually laying the groundwork for meetings resulting in the Good Friday Agreements. While the drawback of t ...more
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- 3.5/5. I received a free copy of this book from the Goodreads Giveaway.
"Peacerunner" is a behind the scenes look at the involvement of American politicians and their role in helping resolve years of conflict in Northern Ireland.

The author is very clear and concise, and does a great job of explaining complicated issues from all perspectives. The book is meticulously researched, and also includes quotes from all of the major players who are introduced, as well as including quotes from their own
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Terence Hawkins
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an extraordinary book about an extraordinary event--the end of a centuries-old sectarian civil war that was so much a part of the fabric of the late twentieth century that it was part of the world's wallpaper. But even more extraordinary than the event was the agent who brought it about--a junior Connecticut Congressman who had resigned his seat to run an apocalyptically unsuccessful campaign for governor.

In prose journalistically clear and direct, Penn Rhodeen tells the story of Bruce M
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Alyson
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
This was interesting, but it read too frequently like a campaign ad for Morrison and Clinton. To the point where I almost stopped reading it. The author did not attempt unbiased reporting on the subject matter (which is not always a requirement), and in this case it hurt the enjoyment and the potency of his claims.

Otherwise, it was very good. I just wish I could trust how much was true, and I don't feel I can because the author is clearly a fanboy of his subjects.
Michael
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Such a great insight on a part of history I knew very little about. The book had such great detail and was presented in a very personal manner. I feel like I have learned so much about Bruce Morrison's efforts to bring peace about in Ireland. This book was written in a manner that was easy to process.
Fritzov
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it
I do like me some politics. Good book.
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