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Before the Dawn; An Autobiography

by Gerry Adams
£8.99   paperback  Brandon (2001)

Before the Dawn; An Autobiography by Gerry Adams In offering this account of my experience of some thirty years of life in the north of Ireland, most of them years of conflict, I am conscious that the conditions and circumstances of this conflict were created before I was born. The statelet set up under the British 'Government of Ireland Act' was established by force of arms against the will of all but a small, privileged section of the population of Ireland, its area determined on a sectarian headcount. Violence, exclusion, and denial of democratic and civil rights were indelible hallmarks of this statelet for a generation before my arrival on the scene. There has never been peace. In every decade of the statelet's existence, political opposition to its sectarian structures have been met with measures of suppression.
I am also conscious that the elements of conflict remain today and retain their potency. For this reason I must write nothing which would place in jeopardy the liberties or lives of others, so I am necessarily constrained. It is probably an invariable rule that the participants in any conflict cannot tell the entire story until some time after that conflict is fully resolved. Neither have I any intention of writing anything which might risk undermining the search for peace; the prospect of a peacefull settlement is simply too great a prize.
Any account of this kind is bound to be selective. Others might be inclined to concentrate on different events, incidences individuals or organisations, and some may question my selection. That would be entirely valid. I offer here nothing more or less than my account, from my perspective, of the extraordinary events that I have lived through.

ISBN 13: 9780863222894 | ISBN 10: 0863222897

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