The Spaniards Untouched Bride (Brides of Innocence eTo hisxecution was struck with the thought that she could let him go or that he could attack her and The Chestnut Tree (The Bexham Trilogy escape but neither of those possibilities was going to happen because they both wholly accepted their devotion to the cause The chapternds with the flat and haunting lines I ll be seeing you Joe Price said But she knew that she wouldn t be and she cried the whole way home The second story that got under my skin was about two young British soldiers who had accidentally found themselves in the middle of an IRA funeral because of a recent attack by loyalists their presence was met with suspicion and they were dragged from their car and beaten and Stay eventually taken across the road and shot A Catholic priest ran over and when he noticed that one of the men was still breathing asked if anyone knew CPR but he was met with silence from the crowd and a photograph was captured of him kneeling over this soldier s body and staring into the camera his lips bloody from trying to resuscitate himAs for the significance of Jean McConville the mother of ten who went missing in 1972 and whose body wasn t recovered until her bones were found on a beach in 2003 at first I did worry that thislement was being shoehorned as a bizarre piece of human interest I say bizarre due to the little attention that s paid to McConville and her children throughout However I needn t have worried as Laws of Ascension Companion everything doesventually dovetail in a way that fully justifies this book s premise Running alongside the historical account of the Troubles Radden Keefe introduces the reader to something called the Boston College Tapes an aborted project in which heads of the college s Irish History department The DIY Music Manual. Randy Chertkow Jason Feehan endeavored to curate an oral history of the Troubles to be accessed by the college s students in future generations Due to the fact that discussing past paramilitary activity is an incriminating act participants in the project were granted a sort of amnesty and promised that the tapes would not be released until after the participant s death This promise was violated in the form of a lengthy legal battle between BC and the UK government andnded up playing a key role in getting to the bottom of McConville s disappearanceWhile I d first and foremost recommend Say Nothing to those with an interest in Irish history and wouldn t dream of selling this as a true crime book I don t want to downplay how No Mans Daughter enthralling this was Granted its focus is something I already had an interest in but what Radden Keefe brought to this narrative was a fiercely human angle and I found this as deeply moving as it was informative Thank you to Netgalley and Doubleday for the advanced copy provided inxchange for an honest review Harrowing I ve always wanted a book that could describe simply and clearly what happened in Ireland during The Troubles Not being Irish I ve too often felt the pall of incomprehensibility daunting me I never found the right book until now Say Nothing is indeed that longed for book The prose is just perfectly freighted and the reader is hoovered into the narrative maelstrom from the very first page with the mad scene of Jean McConville being torn from the arms of her huge and loving family never to return by masked goonsThe hatred here is like hatred Melody on Loan everywhere irrational Be it the Nazis and the Jews the new discoverers of America and its indigenous peoples the Tutsi and the Hutu the list is abysmally long And let s not forget the Legacy Museum in Montgomery Alabama also known as the lynching museum I long to visit it Why What can I possibly do at this remove I guess it s as Victor Klemperer once said or rather wrote one must bear witnessven if it s at second or third hand There were five hostile The Toll-Gate entities in Belfast in thearly 1970s There was the IRA which was Catholic Nationalist and which split into two rival camps 1 the Official IRA which was Communist and sought to remove Northern Ireland from the UK and create a workers republic and 2 the Provisional IRA which sought to nd British rule in Northern Ireland and bring about an independent republic and who were known as the Provos the largest and most active republican paramilitary group Other bellicose parties included 3 the loyalist paramilitaries which were Protestant militia opposed to Catholic Emancipation and supporting the British occupation 4 the Royal Ulster Constabulary RUC which was a Protestant police force and finally 5 the British Army the key military force of a largely Protestant nation which had recently lost virtually all of its colonial possessions Other paramilitaries formed laterAfter Jean McConville was snatched to use the tabloid argot and her ten parentless children were left to fend for themselves in the xecrable Divis flats their father Arthur had died of cancer some time before no one from the surrounding community took the orphans under their wing These traumatized children received no care Even the local parish priest was unsympathetic With good reason it turns out since Jean had been taken by the papist IRA This resulted in a culture of silence in Belfast not unlike that in the USSR under Stalin when Empire of the Saviours (Chronicles of a Cosmic Warlord, even next door neighbors would not speak to one another due to the mutual fear of denunciationIn the Provisional IRA the members were all very young Kids really They generally volunteered as children with many assuming important roles by their teenage years andarly twenties These were the snipers and bombers and hit persons then so feared Dolours Price was ighteen when she volunteered having been raised by parents who d both been IRA members back in the 1950s It was Dolours Price s idea to take the bombing campaign
to london theLondon The public removed on the other side of the Irish Sea seemed only dimly aware of the catastrophe ngulfing Northern Ireland It was a case study in strategic insanity the Irish were blowing up their own people in a misguided attempt to hurt the English and the English hardly ven noticed p 117 I abhor the religious irrationality which drives pietists and which here can be traced back to the 12th century It is a long and labyrinthine historical view you ve got to have to kill in the name of this very ancient idea
One Wonders If Everyone Waswonders if veryone was scholar here if the origins of the conflict were as fully understood and recalled and recited chapter and verse as would seem necessary to justify so much killingIt s "now 1973 and the IRA is about to plant four car bombs in London near government facilities Dolours Price "1973 and the IRA is about to plant four car bombs in London near government facilities Dolours Price given command of the operation I was living in America when these horrors occurred I can almost see the headline in the Washington Post The author is now destroying that distance The night before the bombings Dolours and her companions go to a West End play by Brian Friel The Freedom of the City The next morning London police are scurrying about bright and Death in Mumbai early to locate the cars they were tipped off 14 hours in advance by a Provo mole That day there s a transit strike so London is chockablock with cars Fortuitously the cops find one vehicle and disarm it It s alarm clock timer was set for 300 pm They infer that they have until then to find the three remaining carsHowever I don t mean to be too hard on the NRA So how s this for balance Loyalist gangs often operating with the tacit approval or the outright logistical assistance of the British state killed hundreds of civilians in anndless stream of terror attacks These victims were British subjects Yet they had been dehumanized by the conflict to the point that organs of the British state often Baccarat : La lgende du cristal ended up complicit in such murders without any sort of public inuiry or internal revolt in the security services p 274 Say Nothing is nonfiction It svery bit as good as say Killers of the Flower Moon In some ways one might argue its better which is taking nothing away from David Grann But to my mind Killers is a little thin at the O Colégio de Todos os Segredos end It almost peters out Say Nothing by contrast has a consistent verbal density and narrative compression throughout How did I not know that the Irish Potato Famine has been justly laid at the feet of Britain who wasxporting food from Ireland for its own needs as one million Irish died and another million March Violets (Bernie Gunther, emigrated Now Dolours and Marian Price locked up with a sentence of twenty yearsach in HMP Brixton begin a hunger strike which Zoete tranen echoes that genocide If the British hadmployed hunger as a weapon during the famine it would now be turned around and used against them Dolours Price had always felt that prison was where an IRA volunteer s allegiance to the cause was truly tested Now she told anyone who would listen she stood than ready to die p 151 The young women s hunger strike will break your heart That s the surprise about this book It knocks you off your moral high horse Two hundred and fifty people injured by the bombs terrible but miraculously no one killed So when the British decide to force feed these young women you know this is a violation of their civil rights you know it is wrong only long after the fact is it condemned and prohibited by the stateAfter developing an Water Music eating disorder from the 207 days of forced feeding Marian is released near death She has served 8 years Dolours is released for the same reason after serving 13 years To have kept her in jail would ve been to kill her She renounces the IRA and its violence We skip ahead to Bobby Sands slection to Parliament on the 41st day of his hunger strike in 1981 PM Margaret Thatcher s recalcitrance in the face of all good sense Sands s death followed by nine hunger strike deaths that summer one Revived every week or so the rise of Gerry Adams blackly tarred for giving away the store as his onetime fighters see it and with him Sinn F in the Good Friday Agreementtc One aspect of the peace that the GFA did not provide for is the truth and reconciliation process thus the last part of the book The Reckoning Boston College undertakes this role when it is apparent no one Student Research Projects in Calculus else will The city has a large Irish American population It s called Project Belfast The sheer tonnage of mental derangement and searing regret shouldn t surprise us not after a war this prolonged and bitter but it does it does Then Boston College screws the pooch to uote former test pilot Chuck Yeager when the old RUC trying to take down General Adams obtains the transcripts via subpoena in 2003 or so None of Boston College s agreements with the interviewees it turns out werever vetted by in house counsel so the pledges to withhold the transcripts until after the interviewees s deaths can not be honored I was reading this and whispering oh God oh my God which shows you how clich d I become when dumbfounded You may wish to brace yoursel. Cord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland a set of human bones was discovered on a beach McConville's children knew it was their mother when they were told a blue safety pin was attached to the dress with so many kids she had always kept it handy for diapers or ripped clothe.
Summary ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT, Book or Kindle PUB free ✓ Patrick Radden KeefeIRA Terrorists kill innocent victimBeing of Irish heritage my grandfather was a uinn I ve always been intrigued by The Troubles but have never read a non fiction book about it until now This is a fine place to start Keefe s story is heartbreaking and impeccably researchedIn 1972 Jean McConville was kidnapped from her home by a dozen women and men in disguise She had about 8 of her 10 children living at home who witnessed her abduction Her son Archie 16 at the time tried to go to with her but the gun men told him to foff back to their apartment He did His mother s last words to him were Look after the children They never saw her again The McConvilles had just lost their father who died right before this and Jean was not doing well They lived in abject poverty She was keeping the family together though Now they would be split apart After a while of being on their own The children were farmed out to various Catholic children s homes in which they Love for Imperfect Things endured physical and sexual abuse under what have been derided as The Sisters of No Mercy A true innocent Jean has been vilified then and still today as an informant by the IRA Here the author wishes to clear her name for her children and also get a measure of justice denied her all these years by the IRA and the people of Belfast and the British government No one cared about her disappearancexcept for her children whose lives depended on her This is a tragedy and an in depth look into the terrorist and what he or she is willing to do for an idea Are innocents to be slaughtered for the greater good Who are they to decide And what if she were an informant Is death an appropriate responseThe particular role of female terrorists is particularly looked at here How can they go on to become wives and mothers which many did while advocating the death of a mother Everything you have heard or read about this book is true Say Nothing is THE nonfiction book of 2019 My review specifically will focus on my A Heart of Stone experience with the Audiobook In Belfast history is alive and dangerous What compels an American journalist living in the United States to bring forth to readers the political violence that held the Irish public National Book Award nominee 2019National Book Critics Circle nominee 2019Fantastic history about The Troubles I listened to the audiobook and wasnthralled from page one The book really gave a good historical account of Northern Island during the difficulties with Britain I thoroughly njoyed listening to the history and getting a balanced account of what was going on I felt for the individ Breathtakingly haunting and goodPatrick Radden Keefe tells the story of the conflict in Northern Ireland between the Irish nationalists Catholics and the unionists Protestants during the time described as The TroublesThis book is very well researched it is harrowing and it focuses largely on the human cost I believed myself to be relatively well informed on this topic before I read this book I wasn tI cannot recommend noughThank you to Doubleday Patrick Radden Keefe and Netgalley for providing me with this ARC in Language and Linguistics exchange for an honest review Very impressive Radden Keefe Very impressive indeed Say Nothing A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland is an intricate and moving piece of narrative nonfiction concerning The Troubles in the North of IrelandThe novel followsvents particularly centered in Belfast beginning in 1969 through the Good Friday Agreement of 1998Bookending Radden Keefe s Divertimento extraordinary compilation of this history is the story of a mother of ten Jean McConville who was forcibly taken from her home in late 1972 becoming one of the disappeared during this bitter conflict McConville had been accused of being a paid informant for the British Army and it was widely believed at the time that the IRA was responsible for her disappearanceThis book seems remarkably researched and indeed Radden Keefe provides copious notes at thend of the main story detailing where his information is coming from tc During the course of his 4 years of research he interviewed around 100 people although many refused to speak with him as talking about The Troubles can still hold repercussionsI was so impressed with how he was able to bring such a sensitive and motional topic to life on the page Weaving together an immersive account of a time fraught with violence betrayals and loss There are descriptive accounts of the roles of various players at the time such as Gerry Adams Brendan Hughes Bobby Sands and the Price Sisters Dolours and MarianOne of the most interesting areas xplored for me was the hunger strikes carried out by many of the volunteers captured and imprisoned by the British I hadn t really heard too much about that before and found it a horrifying and fascinating avenue of resistance which the author handled so wellI would absolutely recommend this book to anyone interested in 20th century Irish history or anyone interested in The Troubles in particularI definitely have a couple of people in my own life that I will be purchasing this book for as a gift Thank you so much to the publisher Doubleday Books for providing me with a copy to read and review I truly appreciate having the opportunity to read this one A big thank you as well to the author Patrick Radden Keefe for taking on this project as I feel this is a part of history that deserves to be remembered Well done After reading a history rich fictional pentalogy about the Irish struggles I could not help but turn to Patrick Radden Keefe s book "Takes The Reader Into "the reader into heart of Anglo Irish conflict particularly as it developed in Northern Ireland or the North of Ireland depending on which side you support Keefe xplores how the simmering tensions of the Irish Republican Army IRA against the British Army and Ulster Protestant majority in the six remaining counties turned out to be some of the bloodiest clashes of the ntire push for a freed Ireland Keefe xplores all aspects of the fighting from the creation of plots to harm and kill to turning those who would otherwise be seen as British sympathisers and Bangkok Wakes to Rain even into the negotiations to bring about a lasting peace Keefe lays out much of the details as seen through theyes of the Northerners painting degrees of abject poverty and constant concern by the catholics as well as their attempts to Catholics as well as their attempts to blood and terror to bring British and the Ulsters to their knees While the IRA and Sinn Fein the political The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery embodiment of the Cause are not synonymous Keefe connects some fairly large dots particularly as it relates to Gerry Adams long seen as the face of the fight in the 1970s through to 1999 A man who would not breakven when tortured Adams did all he could to bring about a better understanding to the world about the plight of the Catholics in the North and how horrid things were for them under the British thumb The campaign began to work though the constant reporting of IRA violence or Ulster targeting of the Catholic population soured much of the support that began As Keefe Darkmere explores throughout the IRA both its long standing version and the newer Provisional form had its own internal problems particularly power struggles as to how things ought to go For some no peace without all 32 counties united while others saw that this could not happen with any degree ofase There was also a strong push to make comparisons between the violence meted out on the streets of LondonDerry and Belfast and the cruel punishments that would be condemned Et si la maladie n'tait pas un hasard ? elsewhere in the world How could the British and Protestants act and the world would turn a blindye Keefe turns also to some of the revelations of the Boston College interviews headed up by academics after a formal peace was secured Stories that Den of Shadows (Gamblers Den emerged when amnesty was provided helped flesh out some of the darker and violent aspects to life in the North over the close to three decades of hardcore fighting However some of the interviews were used by the British in legal settings to bring members of the IRA to justice for crimes committed using a large loophole in the process Even with peacestablished new wars Scraps Of The Untainted Sky emerged continuing to pit the IRA against the British Told in raw and unapologetic honesty Keefe tells a story that many readers would not otherwise believe while also being compelled to learn I strongly suggest anyone with an interest in learning about the struggles in Ireland from the 1970s through to the present find this book and discover trove of sources and details likely not part of the mainstream narrativeAs I mentioned above reading this book complemented my previous binge reading of a powerful five novel series about the Irish struggles I remember some of the heightened struggles in Ireland mostly from news reports and loose historical documents What Patrick Redden Keefe provides here is a strong and well documented approach to the plight of the Irish in the North at the hands of the majority providing the reader with a look at the oppressed that sought to push back against the majority Keefe does not shield the bias though some would say that this is the only way to get the story out there to focus on those who were fighting for a causeven if they also sought to use violence as a means to success I have often wondered why sides must shed blood and bomb one another how that could The Eric Carle Gift Set ever lead to lasting peace and change Keefe s book left me sympathising with some of the plight though the use of random violence that took the lives of the innocent to prove a point does not sit well with me Even two decades after formal peace has beenstablished this book rocked me and brought much of the buried narrative back to light Stories and sentiments as well as giving the reader and inside view into how things were run and what happened to those who did not obey More than a primer on the subject Keefe drawls on many sources and depicts the struggle as being not only real but somewhat Huguenot Prophecy and Clandestine Worship in the Eighteenth Century essential in order to have their voices heard Through the blood and the bombing the violence and the vindication Keefe provides the reader with something sobering to give a difference perspective than many may have had Long chapters provide the core of the book though it sometimes takes a while to get the true sentiment across therebyducating the reader Fashion Design Course effectively The mighty British may appear prim and proper but this St Patrick s Day as I nurse a pint or two of Guinness I ll think a little harder about how the colonial power sought to control one of the last vestiges wanting independence and self ruleKudos Mr Keefe for a stunning book I could not have asked for and hope others will be as shocked and gobsmacked as I was while readingLo. Patrick Radden Keefe writes an intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussionsIn December 1972 Jean McConville a thirtyight year old mother of ten was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders her children clinging to he. Vehate the review An Aeralis (The Frost Chronicles, ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge Audiobook read by Matthew Blaney Matthew has anngaging Irish accent and was Alternatives Chapter 2 (The Chronos Files; The Shattered Saga easy to understand WOW YIKES as for this bookTRUE CRIMEhain just 14 hours and 40 minutesI had no idea what I was getting into MY MOUTH DROPPED at the start horrific tragedy not something Iver got over The storytelling was intimate with ordinary but real characters who were IN TROUBLEfascinating informative most of the time I started to zone out in parts of my listeningbut then I d come back There is a lot to digest but I m glad I tackled it The history Cincinnati and Other Plays education for me suspense and intensity was HEARTBREAKING and just so SADSO MUCH history of political violence in Northern Ireland I still don t understandverythingbut I understand the nightmare that religion and nationalism can be And I understand when somebody is trying to save their ass and not admit the truth I don t read a lot of true crime whodunit non fiction books that read like a thriller so when I do they stand out as this one does Incredible research details and atmosphereI learned a lot about what Speak Out! encompassed the troubles and the repercussions that followed Heartbreak storytelling A pair of dispassionate IRA gunmen were sent from Belfast Before the killing they summoned a priest This was not unusual there were certain priests in thatra who grew accustomed to the late night phone call They would be summoned outside by gruff men who were about to perform an I Like You the Best execution and asked to deliver the last rites The act of killing itself had a ritual character a practiced choreographyA bag is placed over your head Your hands are bound behind your back You kneel in the soft grass Then you flop forward when the bullet hits your brain Patrick Radden Keefe Say Nothing A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland Patrick Radden Keefe s Say Nothing is a remarkable book It bills itself as a murder mystery of sorts centered on the December 1972 abduction and subseuent disappearance of a widowed mother in front of her ten children But it is much than that It is in fact a retelling of the Troubles the sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland through four distinct characters Gerry Adams the morally malleable political leader of Sinn Fein Brendan the Dark Hughes the deadly brigade leader of the Provisional Irish Republican Army Dolours Price who joined the IRA as a young woman andmbarked on the type of celebrity terrorist career that brings to mind Patty Hurst without the trust fund and finally Jean McConville who may or may not have been a British informant but was certainly murdered for no good reason Each is memorable in their own way their lives intersecting often fatefully in a web of violence ideals and memory far larger than themselves Say Nothing is The collectors encyclopedia of antique marbles elegantly structured using the McConville murder as a narrative touchstone from which tombark on a larger The Philosophy of Giambattista Vico exploration of the vicious long lasting and incredibly intimate conflict pitting loyalists mainly Protestants who wanted Northern Ireland to remain in the United Kingdom and republicans mainly Catholics who wanted it to become part of a united Ireland This conflict was marked by kidnappingsxtralegal confinements torture assassinations and bombings In terms of sheer numbers the violence in Northern Ireland was low grade The numbers I ve seen put total fatalities at around 3500 over a roughly 30 year period In our own Age of Terror those numbers unfortunately barely make you blink By way of comparison the Omagh Bombing carried out by an IRA splinter group killed around 30 on September 11 2001 al aeda killed around 3000 In terms of viciousness though the Troubles still manage to shock and unsettle This was a civil war pitting neighbor against neighbor The violence was personal and Lone Star Standoff every bullet had a name When Jean McConville was taken many of her abductors were recognized by her children who saw them around for years later When I picked up Say Nothing the things I knew about the Troubles about Irish history in general could fit into a pint glass Indeed most of the things I knew revolved around pint glasses I think that s important to mention because part of my reaction to this book is a function of the thrill of discovery With thexception of Adams Bloody Sunday and a couple of the IRA s most famous bombings I did not have a lot of foreknowledge about this subject It is uite possible that a person who has studied these times before will be less nthralled That said Keefe has still done an xcellent job here He is a consistently More Punishment For His Cheating Wife engaging writer with a really good grasp on what he is trying to do He recognizes that the McConville murder itself can probably be covered comfortably in a long magazine article and I believe it has been by Keefe himself in The New Yorker Thus he weaves the crime into the overall tapestry of the Troubles But he never resorts to mere filler Instead all the different storylines informach other While there are some pretty long stretches in which McConville is absent from Say Nothing Keefe never forgets her or her children and he is always returning to her final moments gradually revealing certain aspects of it that he has uncovered including in the final pages the possible identity of her actual shooter Keefe is also a dogged researcher and interviewer and he has gone to great lengths to tell this tale right His Decision endnotes arextensive and reveal his fforts to get people to give up their secrets in a "Land In Which Touts "in which touts or snitches are still reviled He tries xtremely hard to remain unbiased writing with a controlled sense of outrage about both loyalist and republican atrocities There is no single villain here Certainly there is no unblemished hero Both sides did appalling things Undoubtedly there will be partisans who say Keefe hasn t told the truth but that is to be xpected The truth is dead in an unmarked grave and we are left with
many competing remembrancescompeting remembrances Keefe demonstrates many yewitness accounts are at odds with 100 Innovations of the Industrial Revolution each other and with contemporary reports yet for theyewitness that account has become gospelFor me one of the best measures of a book is how often I am unconsciously bringing it up in conversation During the week in which I tore through Say Nothing I probably said the words I m reading this book called Say Nothing a dozen times And that s not Taken The Anthology even counting St Patrick s Day when I attempted to steer all bar conversations toward thethics of political violence Without Schematic Design ever indulging a lecture Say Nothing has a lot of things to say about idealism and brutality about national memory and about whichnds justify which means Say Nothing is in part possible because of a secret oral history The Second Sister endeavor called the Belfast Project in which interviewers spoke with former IRA men and women collecting their stories and their crimes and placing them under seal at Boston College When word of the project leaked prosecutors in Northern Ireland subpoenaed these records and Boston College hastily complied What Keefe found in a lot of these reminisces is the concept of moral injury the damage to a person s soul for transgressive acts taken in the name of a cause Many of these old fightersterrorists felt betrayed by the 1998 Good Friday Agreement because they sensed that the awful things they d done had been done for no reason In thend all their Perfect Match (Girl Talk, effortsnded in a compromise that probably could have been attained without the bloodshed Yet someday Ireland will be unified from top to bottom Someday the relatively recent history covered in Say Nothing will be old history From that distant vantage the answers to some Curzon extremely difficult uestions will seem selfvident It will be AHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers easy to shrug and say that the car bombs the kidnappingsven the killing of a mother of ten children were nothing than minor speed bumps on the road to unification To that Let’s Call It a Doomsday end Say Nothing will serve as an important reminder of the terrible complexities of the Troubles It is an indelible portrait of four participants living in a moral bog where otherwise decent men and women saw their choice as between killing a person and hiding their body or killing a person and leaving their body on the street It is a study of the cost of belief to both victim and perpetrator alike I wish it weren t only February because the statement this is the best book I ve read all year does not carry very much weight when we still have 10 months to go But nonetheless this is my reigning book of 2019 And itnded up being one of those rare cases when the book turned out so differently from what I xpected but I nded up liking it all the for that From the blurb I got the impression that this was going to focus on the disappearance of a woman called Jean McConville with details about the Troubles setting the background context but instead it s primarily a narrative account of the Troubles which occasionally haltingly zeroes in on McConville s story So it s less true crime than it is historical nonfiction but the final product is focused and compellingSay Nothing whose title comes from a line from a Seamus Heaney poem which xamines the treacherous precedent of speaking plainly about the Troubles paints a comprehensive picture of twentieth century Belfast and introduces us to a few of the main players responsible for much of the devastation caused by the IRA Brendan Hughes Gerry Adams Dolours and Marian Price t al Radden Keefe Garfield Swallows His Pride (Garfield, explores the lives and family histories and philosophies and interpersonal dynamics of these individuals and I found it refreshing that he didn t have an interest in moralizing in his approach to this story while I think true objectivity is probably impossible this is about as multifaceted as it gets Driven primarily by an interest in the human cost of the conflict Radden Keefe turns four years of research into a richly detailed account of Northern Ireland s fraught history particularlyxamining how difficult it is to cultivate a historical record when different accounts contain conflicting information and when veryone is afraid to speak openly about a conflict that s officially been resolved but is a strong force in cumulative living memory If you loved Milkman or if you didn t understand Milkman this is such a valuable nonfiction supplement Certain anecdotes and images in this book were just arresting and I think it s telling that the two stories that affected me the most had victims on opposite sides of the conflict The first was about an IRA man who ordered a hit on another IRA man whose wife he was having an affair with the first man was sentenced to death and Dolours Price driving him. R legs They never saw her again Her abduction was one of the most notorious pisodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles Everyone in the neighborhood knew the IRA was responsible But in a climate of fear and paranoia no one would speak of it In 2003 five years after an ac.