Review by Choice Review
Northern Ireland's Troubles have been well documented in many works. Bew and Gillespie treat the recent peace efforts in The Northern Ireland Peace Process, 1993-1996: A Chronology (1996), while a quarter century of death is covered with terrible detail in the monumental Lost Lives: The Stories of the Men, Women and Children Who Died through the Northern Ireland Troubles, by David McKittrick et al. (1999). The present work is a worthy companion to Lost Lives, incorporating and bringing up to date some of its content, but it is much less detailed by reason of its broader coverage. The two works together supply a picture of the Troubles that is sometimes hard to dig out of standard histories. Bew and Gillespie arrange their book by date, starting with the formation of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (February 1, 1967) and ending with an early Tony Blair proposal to end the impasse over decommissioning (May 15, 1999). In brief passages, they tell the story of the Troubles day by day in an objective, thoughtful, factual manner, and provide places to expand on topics that may be unfamiliar. It is one of the more valuable additions to the literature of the Troubles. Libraries holding the first edition should replace it with this one, and should keep Lost Lives as a companion. J. J. Doherty; Northern Arizona University
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