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Before the Dawn: An Autobiography


Before the Dawn: An Autobiography

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    Available in PDF Format | Before the Dawn: An Autobiography.pdf | English
    Gerry Adams(Author)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams offers a unique, intimate account of his childhood in working-class Belfast and the turbulent years of social activism that followed. First published in 1996 – at a time when politics in the North was at an impasse, and the Good Friday Agreement was still many intense months away – Before the Dawn tells of the pogroms of 1969 and the hunger strikes of 1981, moving from the streets of West Belfast to the cages and the H-Blocks of Long Kesh. An engaging and revealing self-portrait that is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand modern Ireland. Updated with a new introduction and epilogue.

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  • PDF | 332 pages
  • Gerry Adams(Author)
  • William Morrow & Co; 1st edition (Mar. 1997)
  • English
  • 9
  • Biography

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  • By Guest on 11 April 2017

    Gerry Adams skilfully retells his story and the Northern Ireland topic in a way that no other can. The emotion he is able to convey through his fantastic writing abilities and of past historical memories makes you wonder why he didn't head into journalism after Good Friday. I was genuinely gutted the book ended so early in his personnel story, nonetheless, the Bobby Sands chapter was a fitting way to end due to the importance of it and the global impact it had at the time.

  • By Guest on 20 January 2017

    Brilliant read for anyone who loves a good political story! Honest and emotional!

  • By Guest on 7 September 2017

    very interesting well wrote good read

  • By kevin johnson on 8 September 2014

    anything irish is good with me

  • By Red Setter on 3 April 2007

    Before the Dawn is a well written and at times illuminating book which provides some vivid description of life before the Troubles. it is interesting that Gerry Adams describes a world where Catholics from the Falls shopped on the Protestant Shankhill and where his first teenage fumblings with the opposite sex came with girls from the Protestant side of the Springfield Road. Today few working class Catholic and Protestant teenagers in Belfast meet and certainly no Catholic shops on the Shankhill. The organisation which Adams joined in 1964 and helped lead for much of the 1970s and 1980s contributed a great deal to that increase in communal division. The book's glaring omission of course is that Adams does not mention joining the IRA. However his descriptions of the events of August 1969 are well worth reading for anyone who thinks that the IRA did not exist until after that fatheful month. As Adams makes clear the IRA were involved in defence of the Falls and were effective where they had the weapons. Nowhere does he mention the famous claim that 'I ran away' was painted on walls across Belfast. So it is well worth a critical read especially as Gerry shows no signs of ever admitting his military role.

  • By Alipay on 23 September 2013

    Bought this book for research purposes but found a self-congratulatory, tunnelled view of Irish (Belfast and Dublin) trouble. If you need to analyse Gerry Adams buy it but for those who want the nonsense explained look elsewhere.

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