The IRA

The IRA This updated edition of the best selling history of the IRA now includes behind the scenes information on the recent advances made in the peace process With clarity and objectivity Coogan examines th

  • Title: The IRA
  • Author: Tim Pat Coogan
  • ISBN: 9780312294168
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • This updated edition of the best selling history of the IRA now includes behind the scenes information on the recent advances made in the peace process With clarity and objectivity, Coogan examines the IRA s origins, its foreign links, bombing campaigns, hunger strikes and sectarian violence and its role in the latest attempts to bring peace to Northern Ireland MeticulouThis updated edition of the best selling history of the IRA now includes behind the scenes information on the recent advances made in the peace process With clarity and objectivity, Coogan examines the IRA s origins, its foreign links, bombing campaigns, hunger strikes and sectarian violence and its role in the latest attempts to bring peace to Northern Ireland Meticulously researched and featuring interviews with past and present members of the organization, this is a compelling account of modern Irish history.

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    • Nicholas Whyte says:

      The first edition of this book was published in 1969, and the pre-1969 text takes up slightly more than half of my fourth edition from 1994. This earlier core is an excellent historical analysis of a paramilitary movement which had at one point been central to Irish politics and had steadily been moved more and more to the fringes, as decade after decade crucial members of the leadership either defected to democratic politics or died (often through violence). Coogan has got deeply into his subje [...]

    • Donna Davis says:

      I found myself living in Toledo, Ohio during the early 1980s. One of the things I read daily was “The Toledo Blade”, the only major newspaper in town. A furious debate was raging between readers of the paper and sometimes, the Blade’s editorial staff. It was about the Irish, and specifically Clan na Gael, an organization headquartered in Toledo that supported the reunification of Ireland, and that raised funds for humanitarian aid to the people of Northern Ireland.The Blade’s editor sugg [...]

    • Bap says:

      See my review of Coogan's book Michael collins. Coogan proves to be even a clumsier writer here than in his other book. But once agin, the sublect matter, the IRA, makes it worthwhile to read.Today Ireland is gorged with prosperity and the EEC makes one wonder what all the fight was about. In any event the Irish catholics in Ulster will win the issue of unification in the bedroom as the Prods become a minority over time even in the area that they gerrymandered to continue Protestant ascendency.

    • Tim Parlin says:

      i would call this an exhaustive study of the history of the IRA. seemed like it took a whole year to read. i wanted to learn more about this century long struggle and now i know about every god damn bombing or botched attack that ever happened. ask me something about the IRA. anything.

    • Karen says:

      Can anyone recommend a good book about the contemporary history of the Irish-English conflict? Reading about Brexit makes me realize I don’t know much about that at all. ~ Dave RitchieBest book I've read is Tim Pat Coogan's The IRA. Just finished this, which is excellent though not that accessible if you're not a giant nerd like me, but the author is a sociologist from Belfast whose research revolves around The Troubles and so I'd bet some of his other work is more so. ~ Sarah JaffeOtherwise, [...]

    • Torben says:

      Martin McGuinness was in the RA!??

    • Adriana Moura says:

      This is a fundamental book to anyone trying to understand the Irish fight for freedom and in general the Irish history in the 20th century. With the eye of a journalist and the mind of a historian, Coogan manages not only to explain the several phases of the Irish Republican Army history, but also to enter their motives, strategies and mindset. The book was originally published in 1969, at a moment when the civil rights campaign seemed to take over from the physical force, and the IRA seemed to [...]

    • Racquel McDonnell says:

      I started reading this book because I like to know 'why?' I've written a book and one of my characters is x IRA, I needed to know the reasons behind her characteristics, why she behaves the way she does and what drives such a spirit to seek revenge as she sees fit.Being of Irish decent, this era of Irish history plays a major role on how the country and the people became who they are today.Aside from the acts of terrorism, the development of such an army to protect the people against oppression [...]

    • Joe Kendall says:

      This is an excellent book on the history of the IRA. Tim Pat Coogan, though biased, does his best to be objective in his writings. Much of the book is dense and hard to follow because of all the names and places being mentioned along with the jumping back and forth through time. But this is in effect a history book and well written for a history book at that. Coogan does not glorify the IRA's actions, instead demonizing all the useless violence in Northern Ireland, saying that much of what the v [...]

    • S. Sigerson says:

      Tim Pat Coogan is generally recognized as the foremost living author on modern Irish history. Born in 1925 (when the Civil War was only two years ended) Coogan grew up in the maelstrom of Ireland's tumultuous 20th century. As a journalist, he covered much of this history as it happened, interviewing many of the major players, and also having personal contacts throughout the Irish political scene. At the same time, he maintains a critical perspective on the unique phenomenon of the IRA. With symp [...]

    • Colin Powell says:

      I read this back in 1983 when the conflict was in the news on a daily basis. It was a couple of years after the hunger strikes and when Margaret Thatcher was the UK Prime Minister. I was engrossed by it and found it very compelling to read. Of course, it has been updated since and would probably cover the entire length of the conflict. I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read about recent history.The Black and Tan Summer: Ireland's Turbulent Year of 1920

    • Daniel says:

      An extremely detailed account of the history of the IRA. As a Dubliner Coogan's Nationalist views are apparent, but like many Nationalists this does not mean he spares the IRA criticism where he believes it is deserved. If one has a mind for detail and an interest in the roots of the politico-socio-religious conflict in Northern Ireland this is a good read. If, however, one does not need to read the entire history of the IRA and is merely interested in the 1966-1996 period of the Troubles, Cooga [...]

    • Rebecca says:

      A completely enjoyable readbut not as much of a history as I imagined. Well, that's not fair. It is a history, but more like a personal history, or at most an oral history. Coogan is more of your really really smart grandpa who knew everyone back in the day, telling you about how it was. There was no pretense of impartiality. Coogan is morertial to bits and pieces of both sides. But the book was a fascinating series of stories.

    • John says:

      Coogan is an Irish Times journalist whose family was involved in most of the more recent events of the last century. His writing is informed by a sense that he may know many of the principals of the story he sketches. I came away with a deeper understanding of the driving forces within the IRA itself and a sense of the links between it and its supporters in the republican community.

    • Ed says:

      Tim Pat Coogan will never be accused of being an historian but he writes well, knows (and knew) a lot about the IRA and hit the timing mark perfectly with the first edition of "The IRA" which came from the printers just as British forces were landing in Northern Ireland and the IRA made a comeback. Would give this book a 2.5 if possible.

    • Jessica says:

      This book is very tough to get through because it's so dense. The IRA is a very complex organization and I am feeling overwhelmed at the number of names and dates. I think I should have started with a more general history before I tried to dive into this encyclopedic review of such a complicated group.

    • Andrew says:

      Frustrating but worthwhile. Full of detail but seemed to assume the reader was familiar with the larger historical and social context already. The edition I read was published in 1994, so on a hopeful but still very tentative note.

    • Gabrielle says:

      Great history of Ireland, heavy reading in terms of names and dates pertinent to comprehending the book. I was unable to finish the last 100 or so pages but have passed it on to an Irish friend who will be able to get through it!

    • Eric says:

      very comprehensive work on the "troubles"

    • Matthew Kading says:

      The definitive work on the Irish Republican Army and the Provos (Provisional IRA) and a fairly unbiased history of the development and growth of the IRA in Ireland, Europe and the United States.1

    • Rita Barnowski says:

      Is anyone else missing pages 201-232?

    • Krysten says:

      Someday I will figure out how to read an entire nonfiction book.

    • Doug says:

      This is the second book I've read by Coogan. Never again. There is no forest. There are only trees. Many of them poorly identified.

    • Peter says:

      Comprehensive, though often too chronological.

    • Richard Thomas says:

      It's a partial (as opposed to an impartial account but this is its worth to a British reader.

    • Christine says:

      So far, really dry. I am fascinated by this subject, too.

    • Count No Count says:

      You got to break a few eggs to ruin a breakfast.

    • David Przybylinski says:

      Fantastic history of the IRA and all the inner workings of the group over the years. Well worth reading.

    • Charlie says:

      Haven't finished it. Don't plan to anytime soon. But Tim Pat has put it ALL there to be whittled down bit by bit.

    • Julie H. says:

      A compelling history of the IRA with information on the peace process at the time of its writing. For anyone interested in Irish history, Republican politics and the "troubles," this is a must-read.

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