On the Blanket: The inside Story of the IRA Prisoners

On the Blanket: The inside Story of the IRA Prisoners "Dirty" Protest

by Tim Pat Coogan
     
 

ISBN-10: 1570981337

ISBN-13: 9781570981333

Pub. Date: 03/28/1997

Publisher: Rinehart, Roberts Publishers, Inc.

The H Block protest is one of the strangest and most controversial issues in the tragic history of Northern Ireland. Republican prisoners, convicted of grave crimes through special courts and ruthless interrogation procedures, campaigned for political status by refusing to wear prison clothes and daubing their cell with excrement. Were they properly convicted…  See more details below

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The H Block protest is one of the strangest and most controversial issues in the tragic history of Northern Ireland. Republican prisoners, convicted of grave crimes through special courts and ruthless interrogation procedures, campaigned for political status by refusing to wear prison clothes and daubing their cell with excrement. Were they properly convicted criminals, or martyrs to political injustice? Where does the truth lie? Here, is a masterpiece of investigative journalism, is the only authoritative first-hand account of the H Block protest, updated and expanded for the first U.S. edition. Coogan's investigation led deep into the social, cultural and economic maze of Northern Ireland's history. Ultimately, the H Block question exposed the dilemma of British rule in Ireland, the tensions of a divided community and the roots of Republican violence. Coogan gives a masterly analysis of the history, politics and media debate surrounding the issue, but all of this is related - unforgettably - to the lives of the ordinary people. The reader's feelings are not spared, and the story is made all the more poignant when one considers the horrifying sequel to the H Block protest - the tragic deaths of Bobby Sands and nine other hunger-strikes in 1981.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570981333
Publisher:
Rinehart, Roberts Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.93(w) x 8.93(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword7
Acknowledgments10
Preface11
1Inside15
2Those That Can Suffer the Most27
3Lightning the Fuse45
4Cloak and Dagger60
5The Larger Prison84
6How it Started93
7Family Life98
8"Too long a sacrifice..."115
9The Pettigrews121
10Women on the Dirty Protest129
11Torture, Politics and Censorship144
12The Deadly Campaign162
13Telling the World169
14Belfast, Dublin, Strasbourg194
15Eyewitness: Long Kesh206
16Eyewitness: Armagh228
17Where the Warders Stand240
Epilogue: Towards a Solution?251
Postscript260
App. IThe Reid-Alison Exchange265
App. IIRepublicans in British Jails in 1980283
App. IIIPrison Officers Killed 1976-80288
Index289

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