Review by Choice Review
Peter Taylor's Loyalists is a comprehensive history of the troubles in Northern Ireland as understood by the members of several Protestant paramilitary organizations. The bulk of the book--and its greatest strength--consists of interviews Taylor conducted with individual Loyalists, as well as with Unionist politicians. Like the BBC televisions series of the same name, and like his earlier works Families at War (1989) and States of Terror (1993), this book provides a window into a way of thinking. Unadorned with excessive academic analysis, the book recounts the Loyalist struggle in the words of Loyalists themselves, and thus helps observers to understand the conflict as (at least some) of the participants understand it. For this reason, it should be required reading for every student of the Northern Ireland conflict. General readers and undergraduate students. J. E. Finn; Wesleyan University
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