We Wrecked the Place by Jonathan Stevenson

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Recording the reflections of 32 militants, both republican and loyalist, between the ceasefire and its breakdown 18 months later, this book provides a street-level picture and also a political analysis of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. As a journalist the author refrained from either lionizing or dismissing the terrorists, and as a non-Irish American he approached the conflict without preconceptions.

About Jonathan Stevenson

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Stevenson is the editor of Strategic Survey, an annual review of international affairs, and a research fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.
Published November 7, 1996 by Free Press. 320 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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The vast majority of both Catholics and Protestants shunned the gunmen and abhorred the outrageous killings committed by both sides: The author cites as particularly outrageous the 40,000 Catholics driven out of homes burned by Protestant bombs and many IRA assassinations.

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He also considers the personalities: Ian Paisley, who always ""managed to rouse loyalist violence without getting his hands dirty"" and Gerry Adams's ""shameless hypocrisy""--although he admires how Adams has put the IRA on the political path, i.e., taken the gun out of Irish politics.

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