Making Sense of the Troubles

Making Sense of the Troubles : A History of the Northern Ireland Conflict

3.98 (586 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , By (author) 

List price: US$17.38

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


By far the clearest account of what happened in the Northern Ireland conflict - and why. The troubles rolled grimly on for almost thirty years from the late '60s until the onset of the current shaky peace process. In that time they never strayed far off the news schedules of the world's media. But behind the wall of information and opinion there was a straightforward and gripping story, demanding to be told in an accessible way. Award-winning Ireland correspondent for the Independent David McKittrick and historian David McVea at last tell that story - clearly, concisely and above all fairly.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 152 x 234 x 32mm | 557.92g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • chronology, tables, bibliographical notes, glossary, index
  • 0141003057
  • 9780141003054
  • 277,125

Table of contents

The static society, 1921-63; the O'Neill years, 1963-69; descent into violence, 1969-71; the end of Stormont, 1972-73; Sunningdale, strike and stalemate, 1974-76; from Castlereagh to Warrenpoint, 1977-79; the hungerstrikes, 1980-81; Anglo-Irish accord, 1982-85; Enniskillen, Libya and bombs in England, 1986-93; peace process, 1993-94; decommissioning, Docklands and Drumcree, 1994-96; breakthrough, 1997-2000.
show more

About David McKittrick

David McKittrick is the Ireland correspondent for the Independent. He received the Orwell Prize for Journalism in April 2000. In 1999 he was named Correspondent of the Year by the BBC's What the Papers Say. He was also co-author of the bestselling LOST LIVES, published by Mainstream in 1999. David McVea was head of the politics department at a Belfast grammar school for many years and has researched and written widely on the troubles.
show more

Rating details

586 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 28% (166)
4 45% (266)
3 23% (137)
2 2% (11)
1 1% (6)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X