On the Blanket

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

By (author) Tim Pat Coogan


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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? In a masterpiece of investigative journalism, Coogan provides us with the only first-hand account of the protest. His investigation led deep into the social, cultural, and economic maze of Northern Ireland's history to give readers an unmatched analysis of a troubled place and its sorrowful history.

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 226.8g
  • 17 Aug 2002
  • St. Martin's Press
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • 0312295138
  • 9780312295134
  • 710,610

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Tim Pat Coogan is one of the best known journalists and historians in Ireland. Former editor of the "Irish Press," his books include "The Troubles," "The IRA," and "Wherever Green is Worn."

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"From the very first sentence, it grips as it horrifies. One would have to be extremely insensitive or extremely prejudiced to fail to be moved by it." --"The Irish Times" "A must for anyone interested in the contemporary history of Anglo-Irish relations." --Sean MacBride, Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

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