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

On the Blanket: The Inside Story of the IRA Prisoners' "Dirty" Protest By Tim Pat Coogan, On the Blanket The Inside Story of the IRA Prisoners Dirty Protest 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
  • Title: On the Blanket: The Inside Story of the IRA Prisoners' "Dirty" Protest
  • Author: Tim Pat Coogan
  • ISBN: 9780312295134
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Paperback
  • On the Blanket: The Inside Story of the IRA Prisoners' "Dirty" Protest By Tim Pat Coogan, 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, orThe 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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    About "Tim Pat Coogan"

    1. Tim Pat Coogan

      Timothy Patrick Coogan is an Irish historical writer, broadcaster and newspaper columnist He served as editor of the Irish Press newspaper from 1968 to 1987 Today, he is best known for his popular and sometimes controversial books on aspects of modern Irish history, including The IRA, Ireland Since the Rising, On the Blanket, and biographies of Michael Collins and amon de Valera.

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    1. The true story of the appalling conditions at Long Kesh prison in Belfast And the Irish prisoners who died while protesting with a hunger strike in 1981 They requested 5 things 1 The right not to wear a prison uniform 2 The right not to do prison work 3 The right of free association with other prisoners, and to organize educational and recreational pursuits 4 The right to one visit, one letter and one parcel per week 5 Full restoration of remission lost through the protest.Margaret Thatcher deci [...]


    2. dated not the fault of the book One sided but I knew that Sexist of the era Not especially well written a surprise.


    3. This was a compelling read that engaged all sides of the debate with extensive interviews with families, prisoners, guards, and other important actors Narratives from religious leaders, politicians, and prisoners were shared in the very words of the speaker so that their versions of events and the meanings they derived could be juxtaposed While Coogan does not shy away from making his interpretation clear, his careful exploration of various voices in the dialogue make this a valuable piece on th [...]


    4. Tim Pat Coogan is the definitive Historian of modern Irish history and the conflict between Unionists and Nationalists And there is no knowledgeable expert on the Irish Republican Army In this book on the 1981 Irish Hunger Strikers, Coogan begins with the conditions that led up to the dirty protest and does a great job of describing the political battle over determining whether or not to go on hunger strike In the end, it was the will of one man, Bobby Sands, pitted against the will of one woma [...]


    5. A very good investigative report by the author While he doesn t delve into a deep sociological study of the Nationalist and Unionist populations in Northern Ireland as this is an investigative piece he does a decent job in interviewing the prisoners both Nationalist and Unionist , their families, the guards, and civil servants and unobtrusively lets them deliver their views with a little bit of historical background to add context Some of the best reporting in the book beyond the conditions of t [...]


    6. Good book Found out about it through a song Very in depth portrayal of the Irish prison system in the North during the troubles If you want to know what people are capable of doing to each other and what they are willing to withstand no matter what you believe, this book will open your eyes.


    7. I loved the chapter about the women s prisons If you want to learn about the Irish Conflict I strongly suggest you read this book It s slightly bias in its writing but still good.



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