An Irish Eye

by Gerry Adams
EUR10.99 ($13.05)
In A Farther Shore (2003), Sinn Féin president Adams narrated the roller coaster of politics and diplomacy that culminated in the Good Friday Agreement, the historic commitment to peaceful means in resolving the Troubles of Northern Ireland. Collecting three years of editorials, eulogies, speeches, and even some verse (in Irish) written since 2004, his latest selection presents Adams' recent commentary on a continuing peace process that has seen major milestones (IRA disarmament) even as it has moved at a sclerotic pace. Most of this book's pieces are occasioned by news items, political developments, or particularly poignant anniversaries, and as such they provide readers with a broad-spectrum view of Adams doing what he does best: arguing passionately for republicanism while reminding his audience that the Troubles are one of many social-justice challenges facing Ireland and the rest of the world. Although many pieces reveal the author's ample wit, more than a few also capture Adams in a pensive posture. He is perhaps most elopquent when writing in remembrance of the dead. Readers unfamiliar with recent politics in Northern Ireland will appreciate the included time line and glossary."" -Booklist 12/01/07 ""[Adams] tells this story with clarity, and with much more sly wit than one normally expects from politicians"" --Irish America Magazine
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