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Urb I got the impression that this was going to focus on the disappearance of a woman called Jean McConville with details about the Troubles setting the background context but instead it s primarily a narrative account of the Troubles which occasionally haltingly zeroes in on McConville s story So it s less true crime than it is historical nonfiction but the final product is focused and compellingSay Nothing whose title comes from a line from a Seamus Heaney poem which examines the treacherous precedent of speaking plainly about the Troubles paints a comprehensive picture of twentieth century Belfast and introduces us to a few of the main players responsible for much of the devastation caused by the IRA Brendan Hughes Gerry Adams Dolours and Marian Price et al Radden Keefe explores the lives and family histories and philosophies and interpersonal dynamics of these individuals and I found it refreshing that he didn t have an interest in moralizing in his approach to this story while I think true objectivity is probably impossible this is about as multifaceted as it gets Driven primarily by an interest in the human cost of the conflict Radden Keefe turns four years of research into a richly detailed account of Northern Ireland s fraught history particularly examining how difficult it is to cultivate a historical record when different accounts contain conflicting information and when everyone is afraid to speak openly about a conflict that s officially been resolved but is a strong force in cumulative living memory If you loved Milkman or if you didn t understand Milkman this is such a valuable nonfiction supplement Certain anecdotes and images in this book were ust arresting and I think it s telling that the two stories that affected me the most had victims on opposite sides of the conflict The first was about an IRA man who ordered a hit on another IRA man whose wife he was having an affair with the first man was sentenced to death and Dolours Price driving him to his execution was struck with the thought that she could let him go or that he could attack her and escape but neither of those possibilities was going to happen because they both wholly accepted their devotion to the cause The chapter ends with the flat and haunting lines I ll be seeing you Joe Price said But she knew that she wouldn t be and she cried the whole way home The second story that got under my skin was about two young British soldiers who had accidentally found themselves in the middle of an IRA funeral because of a recent attack by loyalists their presence was met with suspicion and they were dragged from their car and beaten and eventually taken across the road and shot A Catholic priest ran over and when he noticed that one of the men was still breathing asked if anyone knew CPR but he was met with silence from the crowd and a photograph was captured of him kneeling over this soldier s body and staring into the camera his lips bloody from trying to resuscitate himAs for the significance of Jean McConville the mother of ten who went missing in 1972 and whose body wasn t recovered until her bones were found on a beach in 2003 at first I did worry that this element was being shoehorned as a bizarre piece of human interest I say bizarre due to the little attention that s paid to McConville and her children throughout However I needn t have worried as everything does eventually dovetail in a way that fully ustifies this book s premise Running alongside the historical account of the Troubles Radden Keefe introduces the reader to something called the Boston College Tapes an aborted project in which heads of the college s Irish History department endeavored to curate an oral history of the Troubles to be accessed by the college s students in future generations Due to the fact that discussing past paramilitary activity is an incriminating act participants in the project were granted a sort of amnesty and promised that the tapes would not be released until after the participant s death This promise was violated in the form of a lengthy legal battle between BC and the UK government and ended up playing a key role in getting to the bottom of McConville s disappearanceWhile I d first and foremost recommend Say Nothing to those with an interest in Irish history and wouldn t dream of selling this as a true crime book I don t want to downplay how enthralling this was Granted its focus is something I already had an interest in but what Radden Keefe brought to this narrative was a fiercely human angle and I found this as deeply moving as it was Informative Thank You To Netgalley And Doubleday Thank you to Netgalley and Doubleday the advanced copy provided in exchange for an honest review Harrowing I ve always wanted a book that could describe simply and clearly what happened in Ireland during The Troubles Not being Irish I ve too often felt the pall of incomprehensibility daunting me I never found the right book until now Say Nothing is indeed that longed for book The prose is ust perfectly freighted and the reader is hoovered into the narrative maelstrom from the very first page with the mad scene of Jean
being torn from the arms of her huge and loving family never to return by masked goonsThe hatred is like hatred everywhere irrational Be it the Nazis and the Jews the new discoverers of America and its indigenous peoples the Tutsi and the Hutu the list is abysmally long And let s not forget the Legacy Museum in Montgomery Alabama also known as the lynching museum I long to visit it Why What can I possibly do at this remove I guess it s as Victor Klemperer once said or rather wrote one must bear witness even if it s at second or third hand There were five hostile entities in Belfast in the early 1970s There was the IRA which was Catholic Nationalist and which split into two rival camps 1 the Official IRA which was Communist and sought to remove Northern Ireland from the UK and create a workers republic and 2 the Provisional IRA which sought to end British rule in Northern Ireland and bring about an independent republic and who were known as the Provos the largest and most active republican paramilitary group Other bellicose parties included 3 the loyalist paramilitaries which were Protestant militia opposed to parties included 3 the loyalist paramilitaries which were Protestant militia opposed to Emancipation and supporting the British occupation 4 the Royal Ulster Constabulary RUC which was a Protestant police force and finally 5 the British Army the key military force of a largely Protestant nation which had recently lost virtually all of its colonial possessions Other paramilitaries formed laterAfter Jean McConville was snatched to use the tabloid argot and her ten parentless children were left to fend for themselves in the execrable Divis flats their father Arthur had died of cancer some time before no one from the surrounding community took the orphans under their wing These traumatized children received no care Even the local parish priest was unsympathetic With good reason it turns out since Jean had been taken by the papist IRA This resulted in a culture of silence in Belfast not unlike that in the USSR under Stalin when even next door neighbors would not speak to one another due to the mutual fear of denunciationIn the Provisional IRA the members were all very young Kids really They generally volunteered as children with many assuming important roles by their teenage years and early twenties These were the snipers and bombers and hit persons then so feared Dolours Price was eighteen when she volunteered having been raised by parents who d both been IRA members back in the 1950s It was Dolours Price s idea to take the bombing campaign to London The English public removed on the other side of the Irish Sea seemed only dimly aware of the catastrophe engulfing Northern Ireland It was a case study in st. Cord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland a set of human bones was discovered on a beach McConville's children knew it was their mother when they were told a blue safety pin was attached to the dress with so many kids she had always kept it handy for diapers or ripped clothe.
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Free download å eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF å Patrick Radden KeefeIRA Terrorists kill innocent victimBeing of Irish heritage my grandfather was a uinn I ve always been intrigued by The Troubles but have never read a non fiction book about it until now This is a fine place to start Keefe s story is heartbreaking and impeccably researchedIn 1972 Jean McConville was kidnapped from her home by a dozen women and men in disguise She had about 8 of her 10 children living at home who witnessed her abduction Her son Archie 16 at the time tried to go to with her but the gun men told him to foff back to their apartment He did His mother s last words to him were Look after the chi Everything you have heard or read about this book is true Say Nothing is THE nonfiction book of 2019 My review specifically will focus on my experience with the Audiobook In Belfast history is alive and dangerous What compels an American Riverbend Road (Haven Point, journalist living in the United States to bring forth to readers the political violence that held the Irish public in a vice grip from 1916 1998 For Patrick Radden Keefe it wasn t his 19th century Irish roots on his father s side It was to bring to readers attention how exactly radicalization can not only make people do anything and everything to achieve their cause but it can also lead a whole society to stay silent on all that happens Even when innocent civilians are caught in its midstKeefe opens his novel with the disappearance of mother of ten Jean McConville in 1972 Her disappearance serves as a vehicle in which Keefe unfolds his story This is not a true crime novel Rather Keefe peels back the layers of secrecy and focuses his attention on some of the major players of the IRA Irish Republican Army and their actions during this time To borrow from an online book reviewer Say Nothing provides readers with a panoramic analysis that leads us down many dark alleys and even into the political forum as well Considering the author has four years of research seven trips to Ireland and interviews with over 100 people to weave into a book The reader and or listener is given a very detailed perspective of the events There were places where I would have to playbackust to make sure that I got my facts straight But what added to the experience was the rich narration provided by Matthew Blaney a man whose Northern Irish accent immediately transported me from my kitchen to all the events in Belfast As I finished this novel Northern Ireland is seeing tension along their border as its citizens deal with the turmoil over Brexit and the recent killing of Irish Claimed by the Wealthy Magnate journalist Lyra McKee earlier this month has caused many of its citizens to remember the times of the Troubles Just today I read an article online that asked if Northern Ireland could ever move beyond their troubled past If I was to take away anything from this book is that there never will be closure if everyone takes their secrets to the grave and say nothing Audiobook narrated by Matthew Blaney 14h 40 minutes 38secs National Book Award nominee 2019National Book Critics Circle nominee 2019Fantastic history about The Troubles I listened to the audiobook and was enthralled from page one The book really gave a good historical account of Northern Island during the difficulties with Britain I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the history and getting a balanced account of what was going on I felt for the individuals going through all the trauma The Sisters were so amazing They gave so much to their country Odd that Iust saw Steven Rea on a show last evening Husband to one of the SistersIf you want any knowledge about Northern Island and The Troubles do read Fantastic5 out of 5 stars Breathtakingly haunting and goodPatrick Radden Keefe tells the story of the conflict in Northern Ireland between the Irish nationalists Catholics and the unionists Protestants during the time described as The TroublesThis book is very well researched it is harrowing and it focuses largely on the human cost I believed myself to be relatively well informed on this topic before I read this book I wasn tI cannot recommend enoughThank you to Doubleday Patrick Radden Keefe and Netgalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review Very impressive Radden Keefe Very impressive indeed Say Nothing A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland is an intricate and moving piece of narrative nonfiction concerning The Troubles in the North of IrelandThe novel follows events particularly centered in Belfast beginning in 1969 through the Good Friday Agreement of 1998Bookending Radden Keefe s extraordinary compilation of this history is the story of a mother of ten Jean McConville who was forcibly taken from her home in late 1972 becoming one of the disappeared during this bitter conflict McConville had been accused of being a paid informant for the British Army and it was widely believed at the time that the IRA was responsible for her disappearanceThis book seems remarkably researched and indeed Radden Keefe provides copious notes at the end of the main story detailing where his information is coming from etc During the course of his 4 years of research he interviewed around 100 people although many refused to speak with him as talking about The Troubles can still hold repercussionsI was so impressed with how he was able to bring such a sensitive and emotional topic to life on the page Weaving together an immersive account of a time fraught with violence betrayals and loss There are descriptive accounts of the roles of various players at the time such as Gerry Adams Brendan Hughes Bobby Sands and the Price Sisters Dolours and MarianOne of the most interesting areas explored for me was the hunger strikes carried out by many of the volunteers captured and imprisoned by the British I hadn t really heard too much about that before and found it a horrifying and fascinating avenue of resistance which the author handled so wellI would absolutely recommend this book to anyone interested in 20th century Irish history or anyone interested in The Troubles in particularI definitely have a couple of people in my own life that I will be purchasing this book for as a gift Thank you so much to the publisher Doubleday Books for providing me with a copy to read and review I truly appreciate having the opportunity to read this one A big thank you as well to the author Patrick Radden Keefe for taking on this project as I feel this is a part of history that deserves to be remembered Well done After reading a history rich fictional pentalogy about the Irish struggles I could not help but turn to Patrick Radden Keefe s book Keefe takes the reader into the heart of the Anglo Irish conflict particularly as it developed in Northern Ireland or the North of Ireland depending on which side you support Keefe explores how the simmering tensions of the Irish Republican Army IRA against the British Army and Ulster Protestant majority in the six remaining turned out and Ulster Protestant majority in the six counties turned out be some of the bloodiest clashes of the entire push for a freed Ireland Keefe explores all aspects of the fight Audiobook read by Matthew Blaney Matthew has an engaging Irish accent and was easy to understand WOW YIKES as for this bookTRUE CRIMEhain Tell Me About Eternity just 14 hours and 40 minutesI had no idea what I was getting into MY MOUTH DROPPED at the start horrific tragedy not something I ever got over The storytelling was intimate with ordinary but real characters who were IN TROUBLEfascinating informative most of the time I started to zone out in parts of my listeningbut then I d come back There is a lot to digest but I m glad I tackled it The history education for me suspense and intensity was HEARTBREAKING andust so SADSO MUCH history of political violence in Northern Ireland I still don t understand everythingbut I understand the nightmare that religion and nationalism can. Patrick Radden Keefe writes an intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussionsIn December 1972 Jean McConville a thirty eight year old mother of ten was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders her children clinging to he. Be And I understand when somebody is trying to save their ass and not admit the truth I don t read a lot of true crime whodunit non fiction books that read like a thriller so when I do they stand out as this one does Incredible research details and atmosphereI learned a lot about what encompassed the troubles and the repercussions that followed Heartbreak storytelling A pair of dispassionate IRA gunmen were sent from Belfast Before the killing they summoned a priest This was not unusual there were certain priests in that era who grew accustomed to the late night phone call They would be summoned outside by gruff men who were about to perform an execution and asked to deliver the last rites The act of killing itself had a ritual character a practiced choreographyA bag is placed over your head Your hands are bound behind your back You kneel in the soft grass Then you flop forward when the bullet hits your brain Patrick Radden Keefe Say Nothing A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland Patrick Radden Keefe s Say Nothing is a remarkable book It bills itself as a murder mystery of sorts centered on the December 1972 abduction and subseuent disappearance of a widowed mother in front of her ten children But it is much than that It is in fact a retelling of the Troubles the sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland through four distinct characters Gerry Adams the morally malleable political leader of Sinn Fein Brendan the Dark Hughes the deadly brigade leader of the Provisional Irish Republican Army Dolours Price who Once Upon a Time (Calluvias Royalty, joined the IRA as a young woman and embarked on the type of celebrity terrorist career that brings to mind Patty Hurst without the trust fund and finally Jean McConville who may or may not have been a British informant but was certainly murdered for no good reason Each is memorable in their own way their lives intersecting often fatefully in a web of violence ideals and memory far larger than themselves Say Nothing is elegantly structured using the McConville murder as a narrative touchstone from which to embark on a larger exploration of the vicious long lasting and incredibly intimate conflict pitting loyalists mainly Protestants who wanted Northern Ireland to remain in the United Kingdom and republicans mainly Catholics who wanted it to become part of a united Ireland This conflict was marked by kidnappings extralegal confinements torture assassinations and bombings In terms of sheer numbers the violence in Northern Ireland was low grade The numbers I ve seen put total fatalities at around 3500 over a roughly 30 year period In our own Age of Terror those numbers unfortunately barely make you blink By way of comparison the Omagh Bombing carried out by an IRA splinter group killed around 30 on September 11 2001 al aeda killed around 3000 In terms of viciousness though the Troubles still manage to shock and unsettle This was a civil war pitting neighbor against neighbor The violence was personal and every bullet had a name When Jean McConville was taken many of her abductors were recognized by her children who saw them around for years later When I picked up Say Nothing the things I knew about the Troubles about Irish history in general could fit into a pint glass Indeed most of the things I knew revolved around pint glasses I think that s important to mention because part of my reaction to this book is a function of the thrill of discovery With the exception of Adams Bloody Sunday and a couple of the IRA s most famous bombings I did not have a lot of foreknowledge about this subject It is uite possible that a person who has studied these times before will be less enthralled That said Keefe has still done an excellentob here He is a consistently engaging writer with a really good grasp on what he is trying to do He recognizes that the McConville murder itself can probably be covered comfortably in a long magazine article and I believe it has been by Keefe himself in The New Yorker Thus he weaves the crime into the overall tapestry of the Troubles But he never resorts to mere filler Instead all the different storylines inform each other While there are some pretty long stretches in which McConville is absent from Say Nothing Keefe never forgets her or her children and he is always returning to her final moments gradually revealing certain aspects of it that
has uncovered including the final pages the possible identity of her actual shooter Keefe is also a dogged researcher and interviewer and he has gone to great lengths to tell this tale right His endnotes are extensive and reveal his efforts to get people to give up their secrets in a land in which touts informers or snitches are still reviled He tries extremely hard to remain unbiased writing with a controlled sense of outrage about both loyalist and republican atrocities There is no single villain here Certainly there is no unblemished hero Both sides did appalling things Undoubtedly there will be partisans who say Keefe hasn t told the truth but that is to be expected The truth is dead in an unmarked grave and we are left with many competing remembrances As Keefe demonstrates many eyewitness accounts are at odds with each other and with contemporary reports yet for the eyewitness that account has become gospelFor me one of the best measures of a book is for the eyewitness that account has become gospelFor me one of the best measures of a book is often I am unconsciously bringing it up in conversation During the week in which I tore through Say Nothing I probably said the words I m reading this book called Say Nothing a dozen times And that s not even counting St Patrick s Day when I attempted to steer all bar conversations toward the ethics of political violence Without ever indulging a lecture Say Nothing has a lot of things to say about idealism and brutality about national memory and about which ends ustify which means Say Nothing is in part which ends ustify which means Say Nothing is in part because of a secret oral history endeavor called the Belfast Project in which interviewers spoke with former IRA men and women collecting their stories and their crimes and placing them under seal at Boston College When word of the project leaked prosecutors in Northern Ireland subpoenaed these records and Boston College hastily complied What Keefe found in a lot of these reminisces is the concept of moral injury the damage to a person s soul for transgressive acts taken in the name of a cause Many of these old fightersterrorists felt betrayed by the 1998 Good Friday Agreement because they sensed that the awful things they d done had been done for no reason In the end all their efforts ended in a compromise that probably could have been attained without the bloodshed Yet someday Ireland will be unified from top to bottom Someday the relatively recent history covered in Say Nothing will be old history From that distant vantage the answers to some extremely difficult uestions will seem self evident It will be easy to shrug and say that the car bombs the kidnappings even the killing of a mother of ten children were nothing than minor speed bumps on the road to unification To that end Say Nothing will serve as an important reminder of the terrible complexities of the Troubles It is an indelible portrait of four participants living in a moral bog where otherwise decent men and women saw their choice as between killing a person and hiding their body or killing a person and leaving their body on the street It is a study of the cost of belief to both victim and perpetrator alike I wish it weren t only February because the statement this is the best book I ve read all year does not carry very much weight when we still have 10 months to go But nonetheless this is my reigning book of 2019 And it ended up being one of those rare cases when the book turned out so differently from what I expected but I ended up liking it all the for that From the bl. R legs They never saw her again Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles Everyone in the neighborhood knew the IRA was responsible But in a climate of fear and paranoia no one would speak of it In 2003 five years after an ac.He Has Uncovered Including