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Book Review – Say Nothing

By: Patrick Radden Keefe

Say nothing is a great book and very informative. The author told a gripping story of the IRA, the UK, and the road to peace in the region. Something that can be complicated but written so well, it was easy to follow. I honestly thought it was only going to be a murder mystery. I was pleasantly surprised to learn about Irish history and how the north and south of Ireland are separated.

The story revolved around an unsolved murder in Northern Ireland and the reason for the murder. The latest conflict was during the 1960s and 1970s between the IRA and the UK. Even though the central theme of the book was solving this murder, The story was about the IRA war.

The history of this struggle is much deeper than the 1960s and 1970s. There was great detail around the history of this period and the effort to unify the country and bring peace. There were fascinating details on the leading players and how they evolved in the conflict, the roles they played, and ultimately peace in the region, although tenuous at times.

This country has a much different dynamic than other places looking for freedom. As you may or may not know, the struggle is around Catholics living in Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland is mostly Protestant, and Catholics were the minority.

The goal of the IRA was always to unite Ireland into one independent country. As the story unfolds, you feel like you are in the place of the conflict. Some pictures make it easy to visualize the people.

If you are Irish, this is a must-read. If you want to know about a tumultuous time in history and the dynamic between Ireland, Northern Ireland (2 separate countries), and the United Kingdom, I highly recommend the well written and entertaining book.

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