As some of you will already know I live in Northern Ireland and have done so all my life. I am 32 years old and up until a few weeks ago I had never read a book on the troubles in my country. This might sound strange to some people, but I never had any interest in the troubles here. In my opinion we are all the same, Protestant, Catholic, Black or White, it really doesn't matter to me.
So what made me read a book about the troubles?
I like reading and a family member bought this book for me. At first I didn't think I would be remotely interested in it. Feeling rather ungrateful I decided I would give the book a chance and to my amazement I actually did enjoy it, so much so I have started reading other books about the trouble in Northern Ireland.
This is a hardback book with a picture of a solider standing on the streets of Belfast, holding a gun, I can tell he is in Belfast as he's surrounded by buildings one of which is The City Hall. The title is wrote in black bold lettering across the top of the book. On the back cover there are two pictures, one is of soldiers running through an alleyway, the other is of a car which looks like its been damaged by a bomb. On the inside of the front cover there is a brief description of what the book is about, this description continues to the inside of the back cover.
This book was 254 pages long, which in my opinion wasn't to long. It kept me interested from start to finish. The book starts of with a Historical background about Northern Ireland and The troubles here. The author tells us what it was like to serve as a young solider in Northern Ireland, he manages throughout the book to give a fair opinion on people from both sides of the community.
Each chapter seems to have a year and the particular events that happened that year, such as "Bloody Sunday". The chapters covered dates of events, weapons used by terrorists and exactly how the soldiers dealt with the events in Northern Ireland, throughout the book there are some interesting pictures.
A lot of the major events that happened in Northern Ireland were mentioned in this book, such as The Civil Rights movement, The Hunger strike, Bloody Sunday and many more. Obviously I found this book really interesting as I come from Northern Ireland. I found the pictures really interesting as they range from many years ago up to the year which the book was published.
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