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Frank Acknowledgments

J.J. Lee, 10 January 1991

Ulster: Conflict and Consent 
by Tom Wilson.
Blackwell, 330 pp., £9.95, June 1989, 0 631 17006 5
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Biting at the grave: The Irish Hunger Strikes and the Politics of Despair 
by Padraig O’Malley.
Blackstaff, 330 pp., £9.95, October 1990, 0 85640 453 5
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Politics in the Streets: The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement in Northern Ireland 
by Bob Purdie.
Blackstaff, 286 pp., £9.95, September 1990, 0 85640 437 3
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... to sustain the armed struggle, on the grounds that their goal is an Ireland one and indivisible. Padraig O’Malley’s haunting evocation of the atmosphere of the hunger strike in 1981 reminds us of the difficulty of coping with mentalities in which idealism and fanaticism are often indistinguishable. In Biting at the grave, ...

Rivonia Days

R.W. Johnson: Remembering the trial, 16 August 2007

The State v. Nelson Mandela: The Trial That Changed South Africa 
by Joel Joffe.
Oneworld, 288 pp., £16.99, July 2007, 978 1 85168 500 4
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... singled out by Mandela as a man of presidential stature, fell out with Mbeki. A fine new book by Padraig O’Malley shows what happened next.† Although he was one of the ablest ANC ministers and had an impeccable record, Maharaj soon found himself in grave difficulty. Rumours emanating from the public prosecutor’s office that he was being ...

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