Gerry Adams offers his own unique, intimate account of the early years of his career, from his childhood in working-class Belfast to the more turbulent years of social activism that followed. Updated with new introduction and epilogue covering the huge changes in Irish society since the Good Friday Agreement.
Category: Biography/Memoir, Northern Ireland, Politics
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Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams offers a unique, intimate account of his childhood in working-class Belfast and the turbulent years of social activism that followed. First published in 1996 – at a time when politics in the North was at an impasse, and the Good Friday Agreement was still many intense months away – Before the Dawn tells of the pogroms of 1969 and the hunger strikes of 1981, moving from the streets of West Belfast to the cages and the H-Blocks of Long Kesh. An engaging and revealing self-portrait that is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand modern Ireland. Updated with a new introduction and epilogue.
‘A definitive history of the Irish struggles of the 1970s, from the nationalist point of view. Adams, a fine writer, presents a straightforward, unapologetic memoir.’
‘Gerry Adams is a gifted writer who, if he were not at the centre of the war-and-peace business, could easily make a living as an author.’ The New York Times
One of the most controversial but important political memoirs of recent times.
‘One thing about him is certain: Gerry Adams is a gifted writer who, if he were not at the centre of the war-and-peace business, could easily make a living as an author, of fiction or fact.’
The New York Times
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