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Biting at the Grave: The Irish Hunger Strikes and the Politics of Despair / Edition 1

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Overview

A haunting account of the hunger strikes of 1981 and their lingering effects on the troubled peoples of Northern Ireland.

This masterly survey of Ireland's multifaceted political history is given human scale in poignant interviews with the strikers' survivors.

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Editorial Reviews

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In an eloquent and haunting book, O'Malley makes the fanaticism of [the hunger strikers] and their supporters, the obdurate and morally discredited tactics of the British Government and the hopeless combat of the Protestant and Roman Catholic factions in the Northern Ireland struggle explicable, and exposes the politics behind it. —The New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
During 1981, 10 IRA prisoners died in hunger strikes as they sought status as political prisoners; among them was unseated Parliament member Bobby Sands, who assumed heroic dimensions at home and abroad. O'Malley ``assembles strands of elitism, nationalism and the peculiar sanction of the dead into a powerful and passionate chronicle of a people's yearning,'' said PW. (Oct.)
Booknews
In March 1981, Bobby Sands began a hunger strike that led to his death 66 days later. One by one, nine other Irish Republicans followed him to their deaths as the whole world watched. O'Malley (senior associate, the John W. McCormack Institute, U. of Massachusetts at Boston) portrays the course of the hunger strikes and their meaning for the Irish people. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
New York Times Books of the Century
...[E]loquent and haunting...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807002094
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 10/28/1991
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 1,033,364
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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