When the British Army arrived in Northern Ireland it was unprepared for combatting an urban guerilla force and enlisted the counter-terrorist expertise of Brigadier Frank Kitson to set up the Military Reconnaisance/Reaction Force which became involved in controversial shootings and was widely believed to be an organization of counter-terror gangs. Many of the MRF's activities are here chronicled for the first time. Dillon also writes of the IRA's contacts with terror groups throughout Europe and the Middle East, as well as its network in the USA. He details the development of the use of informers as supergrasses, and also the way the RUC Special Branch, in collusion with MI6, used members of Loyalist paramilitaries. The role of the SAS - including new material on the murder of Captain Robert Nairac - is examined in full, as is the conflict between MI5 and MI6 in Northern Ireland in the mid 1970s.
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"Long regarded as one of Northern Ireland's best-informed journalists, many of Mr. Dillon's books have until recently been unavailable to American audiences. Now, thanks to Routledge, they are receiving the audience they deserve."
-"The Washington Times
"An amazingly detailed and profoundly disturbing examination of the 'dirty' covert war between Northern Ireland's paramilitary groups and British security forces..Dillon's book is investigative journalism at its relevant best. He's put himself in harm's way to get at the dark truth, gaining access to both British intelligence sources and the IRA."
-"Kirkus Reviews, March 1999
"Makes Cold War duplicity a la Deighton and Le Carr seem positively endearing.... This excellent book demands the attention of anyone concerned about civil liberties in the United Kingdom."
"Grippingly written with the pace of a thriller."
A real life spy thriller from the definitive writer on Northerm Ireland's tumultuous past and the author of The Shankill Butchers. A non-fiction political thriller, perfect for fans of true spy books including Agent Zigzag.
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Book Description Hutchinson, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110091743087
Book Description Hutchinson, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0091743087