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War and an Irish Town

Narrated by: Eamonn McCann
Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
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McCann’s account of what it is like to grow up a Catholic in a Northern Irish ghetto - first published in 1974 - quickly became a classic account of the feelings generated by British rule. The author was at the center of events in Derry which first brought Northern Ireland to world attention. He witnessed the gradual transformation of the civil rights movement from a mild campaign for “British Democracy” to an all-out military assault on the British state.

This book describes the people involved in the war, gives an account of the springs of the "Catholic" opposition, tells what their world was like and how their background affected the daily conduct of events. McCann gets beyond the rhetoric of the organized groups to the real people involved - people who are not so different from those in any other British town.

©1974, 2018 Eamonn McCann. Introduction to Haymarket edition: Eamonn McCann (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Simply amazing

This is an amazing book. The author’s presentation style is so similar to classical histories and Roman rhetoric, that although it may appear to be a brief history on the subject of the troubles, it is not so simple. This book simultaneously presents Irish republicanism and eventually Marxist ideologies not in a vacuum of national case study, but in a western context. This narrative presented is something that can be applied universally to western histories and internationally to the struggles between revolution and empire. Although, I can’t agree whole heartedly to some of the politics if they were applied to my country or society (as it differs from that of Ireland’s north) the author clearly makes his case for the actions known to take place on multiple side of the conflict in Ireland’s north. This man is a true rhetorician in the classical sense and has been done by the Irish monks of old, he preserves western ideals outside of the pro-imperial mindset.

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  • Colm Cronin
  • 02-24-19

Unique perspective- on N.Irish politics & people

What a fresh perspective for me on a history I thought I had a hold on......

Whether you agree with his political genre.....his clear and equitable sourcing of little know sources.....with a real flavour how it was in Derry during the Troubles.....its been jaw-dropping while also blowing open my awareness of both sides!

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  • Elaine
  • 01-27-19

Thought provoking

This book is a lot of things.
For me, as a closet socialist, it makes sense and makes me believe there is a better way to order our society.
Eamonn reads this perfectly. One of the best read books I've ever come across.
I also admire him for taking out a tome written decades before and examining it objectively. Doing this he inevitably finds mistakes galore. These he admits to and attempts to put right.
Thank you Eamonn.

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  • Justin O'REILLY
  • 12-09-18

great facts

very good potential of the Irish Government through that time, and Catholic church. Thanks
loads.

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