Making Sense of the Troubles: A History of the Northern Ireland Conflict

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By far the clearest account of what happened in the Northern Ireland conflict - and why. The troubles rolled grimly on for almost thirty years from the late '60s until the onset of the current shaky peace process. In that time they never strayed far off the news schedules of the world's media. But behind the wall of information and opinion there was a straightforward and gripping story, demanding to be told in an accessible way. Award-winning Ireland correspondent for the Independent David McKittrick and historian David McVea at last tell that story - clearly, concisely and above all fairly.

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Compellingly written and very even-handed. By far the clearest account of what happened in the Northern Ireland conflict and more importantly why it happened ( Irish News)

Extraordinarily well-balanced, sane, comprehensive and rich in sober understatement (Cal McCrystal Glasgow Herald)

Even-handed, clearly written, and set to become one of the definitive works on the subject ( Scotland on Sunday)

For those looking for a pragmatic understanding of the country known as Northern Ireland it is essential reading (John Coulter Sunday Business Post)

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David McKittrick is the Ireland correspondent for the Independent. He received the Orwell Prize for Journalism in April 2000. In 1999 he was named Correspondent of the Year by the BBC's What the Papers Say. He was also co-author of the bestselling LOST LIVES, published by Mainstream in 1999. David McVea was head of the politics department at a Belfast grammar school for many years and has researched and written widely on the troubles.

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