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Before the Dawn: An Autobiography

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  223 ratings  ·  14 reviews

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.>

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Kindle Edition, 347 pages
Published November 10th 2015 by Brandon (first published 1996)
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Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It states in the Irish World review of this book that the book is well worth reading no matter your opinions of Gerry Adams or his politics because he is a very good writer I absolutely agree. I had great difficulty putting the book away once I started reading.

In addition to the very serious stuff of Britains constant harassment, the IRA revenge, the unionist, UVF, partitioning, etc., Adams story includes the humor that is a necessity to pull through violent and trying times. For example, in
Jul 13, 2013 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.
Bjorn Roose
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A candid and personal account of events in Ulster throughout the late 60s / 70s. This is not a history book but rather a journal of events highlighting Adams humane dimension. With historical tragedies such as Northern Ireland, a manichaean judgement of underdogs and political activists, devoid of any context, is invariably a futile exercise. ...more
Damien McAuley
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very Good Insight

I enjoyed this book as it gave what felt like an honest and descriptive account of life, particularly as a CatholicNationalist living in Belfast during the terrible times of the troubles.
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Gerry Adams is a compelling writer. Well worth the read. The struggles of his life and people is heartbreaking and hopeful.
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 13, 2015 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.
Dani Mexuto
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 05, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: college
Read for HI328: The Northern Ireland Problem
Apr 16, 2011 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.
Mar 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just a very good read. Great insight and is very careful with the wording
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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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