Bloody Sunday was the worst massacre of British citizens by British troops since Peterloo in 1819 - a potent distillation of the rage and anguish of a bitter conflict that spanned decades and claimed three and a half thousand lives.
In 2002, when the Saville Inquiry transferred from Derry to London, author Douglas Murray began attending daily to hear at firsthand the testimony of the soldiers and members of the IRA who had been there that dreadful day. What he discovered was a devastating story of ordinary people thrown into the most terrible of situations, a story not only more straightforward than the British army would like to admit, but more complex than the IRA has always claimed.
This book is not solely about a shocking event or a process of justice; it is about the efforts of a group of people to arrive at truth and a country’s attempt - three decades on - at painful and perhaps incomplete reconciliation.
Douglas Murray is a best-selling author and award-winning political journalist based in London. From 2007 to 2011 he was the director of the Centre for Social Cohesion in London. He is now a Senior Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society. Read by Michael Fenton Stevens (Last Trains, MI9, Whisper Wings, The Science of the Discworld, Long Earth, Long War, David Jason: Autobiography, Spitting Image, KYTV)
WARNING - this audiobook contains some strong language and descriptions of violence & injuries.
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Amazing account of the complexities of this type of conflict-there are no winners. Years later, it becomes almost impossible to determine who fired at who, who fired first, who was "justified" and who not, how memory is so reconstructive, and why people are often so afraid to come forward and report what they saw--or what they thought they saw.
"Wow. I'm gonna go read all his other books."
This must have been a monumental task for the author, yet he has succeeded in writing a book that is hard to stop reading. Having said that, It pulls no punches, and is not for the faint hearted. One must crawl through a great deal of blood and lies in order to get to the truth, and I actually feel rather proud to be British that such a momentous attempt to achieve truth and justice in difficult circumstances was completed. If only something similar could be arranged for Henry Kissinger. Apparently Obama felt he should be given an award instead.
This is a well illustrated and fantastic book will get you gripped, having read previous books on bloody Sunday I pretty much knew the story however this is a fantastic spin and goes into find details of the events.
Great summary of the inquiry.
The fact that the Inquiry took so long is testament to the sheer volume of information and evidence and interviews given.
Murray has painstakingly sieved through the details and has clearly and concisely outlined the events before, during and to some extent after the inquiry. Given the subject matter, the author has done a remarkable job to remain balanced - in my opinion - in his description of the participants.
I listened to it in 30 minute sections during the commute.
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