Before the Dawn: An Autobiography

Adams, Gerry

Published by William Morrow & Co, 1998
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Copy has minor shelfwear rubbing. Gerry Adams is widely regarded as the most controversial leader in modern Irish history, yet few know what sort of man he really is. Now he speaks out in a remarkable memoir that tells both an intimately personal story and a tale of political awakening in the crucible of northern Irish conflict. Ranging from the streets of West Belfast to the cagtes of Long Kesh, this poerful memoir is much more than the story of one man committed to peace and freedom: it is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the Ireland of today. Illustrated with b/w photographs. Adams has been the president of Sinn Fein since 1983. and is one of the most important men in Irish politics. xiii/332pp. Desirable!. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Gerry Adams has been at the forefront of Northern Ireland's struggle for nearly three decades, taking leadership positions and guiding his country in negotiating peace talks with England for the first time in their tumultuous history. Now, in Before the Dawn, Adams recounts his years growing up in the Irish countryside and, with startling detail, his early involvement in the IRA.Adams includes engaging stories of his boyhood and never-before-told family tales. His description of his critical role in Northern Ireland's violent and dramatic revolutionary period will haunt and intrigue readers. Ireland instills the strongest of emotions in her offspring, and Adams is no exception. Lyrical and riveting, Before the Dawn, explores the origins of one of this century's most compelling men.

Review: Closing in 1981 with the deaths of ten Irish Republican Army hunger strikers in Long Kesh prison, the author chronicles the years before he became president of Sinn Fein, the I.R.A.'s political wing. Wrenching accounts of the hunger strike and of the 1969 riots in Northern Ireland that turned a 20-year-old bartender into an activist are counterbalanced by the warmth with which Adams portrays his family and comrades, the atmospheric precision with which he evokes the sights and sounds of his West Belfast community. Not the whole truth by any means, but a compelling partisan document.

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Title: Before the Dawn: An Autobiography
Publisher: William Morrow & Co
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Soft Cover
Book Condition: Very Good+
Edition: 1st Edition, 1st Printing

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