Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

Troubles. Patrick Radden Keefe has written a compelling history of the troubles in Northern Ireland titled, Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland. Keefe uses the story of Jean McConville, a mother of ten, to pull readers away from cold facts about the conflict and into the human impact on particular people. Filled with personal stories, betrayals and violence, this book covers both the past and the present with skill and insight. With Jean McConville in our minds from the early part of the book, Keefe uses the bulk of the book to elaborate on the actions of leaders including Gerry Adams and Margaret Thatcher. When I read about the recordings at Boston College that were made with an expectation of secrecy but were released to be used in criminal prosecutions, I saw one more dimension of betrayal long after the conflict ended. Interested readers should zip through this book quickly as a foundation of knowledge for whatever happens should Brexit proceed and the hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is restored. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Say Nothing from amazon.com.

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