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Tim Pat Coogan covers the tortured history of Ireland from the beginning of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, through the long years of violence, up to the present attempts to find peace. His access to many of the principals gives this book a particular authority. Going beyond the slogans and headlines, Coogan provides a hard look at the deadly drama of a divided Ireland.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Troubles: Ireland's Ordeal 1966-1996 and the Search for Peace by Tim Pat Coogan has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 1144
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2002 page 520
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 904
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Studio: Palgrave Macmillan
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1.6" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Release Date Jan 5, 2002
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN 0312294182 ISBN13 9780312294182
Availability 0 units.
More About Tim Pat Coogan
Tim Pat Coogan is one of the best known journalists and historians in Ireland. Former editor of theIrish Press, he has written several books, includingWherever Green is Worn (Palgrave), The Troubles (Palgrave), On the Blanket; and bestselling biographies of Michael Collins and De Valera. He lives in Dublin.
Tim Pat Coogan currently resides in Dublin. Tim Pat Coogan was born in 1935.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Troubles: Ireland's Ordeal and the Search for Peace?
Obviously biased but the only 400+ page book on the subject Jun 9, 2004
I recently made a trip to NI to visit relatives, and I did a "Troubles" tour the entire time. I picked up several Troubles books, including Making Sense of the Troubles which is the best bok on the subject. However, this is the only non-memoir or "true crime" book which is 400+ pages AND includes photos.
Clearly, Catholics have suffered disproportionately. But I disagree with the previous reviewer that "most people who are interested in this subject sympathize with the Nationalists." I was interested in the whole civil war aspect. Coogan, as a native who lived through many things, has a peerless perspective to offer. He has a lot of detail and in-depth writing on many topics which are probably all but forgotten for many.
However, two complaints: as a general history for the topic this book is dense and not all that enjoyable a read. It is not particularly chronological, and is heavy on political and legalist sections which are crushingly dull. There are the odd story which is entrancing, but not too many.
Secondly, Coogan is clearly more bothered by Loyalists killing than the IRA killing. Far removed from the events, after several years of low paramilitary activity, anything other than total outrage for either side falls flat. There are many times Coogan goes on for pages listing Loyalist killings, which are obscene and savage, and then ends with some sentence like "The IRA was responsible for 13 civilian deaths during this same time." What makes this annoying is that one of the first things people think about when they think of NI is the IRA, and although Nationalist have many legitimate complaints, it is just not acceptable to have a sort of starry eyed view of terrorists. Coogan in many places seems to revel in his access to IRA members, taking it ass a sign of how cool he is or something. But in the book, it comes out as being soft on crime.
Good Survey Apr 5, 2002
This book provides a good survey of the Troubles of Northern Ireland. I would say in agreement with the other reviewer that it is definitely written from a nationalist perspective. Coogan does not, however, endorse IRA violence. But I think he is fascinated by the IRA, which might be why he has also written probably the definitive book on the IRA. This fascination does come out in "The Troubles." This is a helpful book because it takes you through the Troubles, providing a narrative of major events. Coogan knows whereof he writes; he is a journalist in the South of Ireland. He has seen the effects different acts have had on the mentality of people North and South. For that reason it is interesting. It being written from a nationalistic perspective will not get in the way of most readers because most readers on this subject also sympathize with the nationalist side. And I don't believe that Coogan distorts facts. His bias comes out but his survey is the best I've found so far. His account is very densely written, however, and can be hard to follow. Also, the book ends in 1996. This might have seemed a logical endpoint at the time, but now it leaves you hanging because so much substantive negotiation has taken place since then.
Impenetrable Feb 15, 2002
There is no doubt that Coogan has put hard work and effort into this book. However, I found it to be completely impenetrable and never made it past page 50. Also, this book (in the 50 pages I read!) appeared to me to be written from a Republican slant. Perhaps I am wrong about this and the work becomes more objective as it develops, but I suspect anyone with a Unionist point of view may find this is not the book for them. My background is Irish Catholic and whilst I know there have been injustices in the past, I am by no means an IRA sympathiser. I am still looking for a book on this subject that is more even-handed in its approach.