Say Nothing

Say Nothing

A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

Large Print - 2019
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"From award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions. In 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 her 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 I.R.A. was responsible. But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. In 2003, five years after an accord 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, McConville always kept it handy for diapers or ripped clothes. Patrick Radden Keefe's mesmerizing book on the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland and its aftermath uses the McConville case as a starting point for the tale of a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war, a war whose consequences have never been reckoned with. The brutal violence seared not only people like the McConville children, but also I.R.A. members embittered by a peace that fell far short of the goal of a united Ireland, and left them wondering whether the killings they committed were not justified acts of war, but simple murders. From radical and impetuous I.R.A. terrorists--or volunteers, depending on which side one was on--such as Dolours Price, who, when she was barely out of her teens, was already planting bombs in London and targeting informers for execution, to the ferocious I.R.A. mastermind known as The Dark, to the spy games and dirty schemes of the British Army, to Gerry Adams, who negotiated the peace and denied his I.R.A. past, betraying his hardcore comrades--Say Nothing conjures a world of passion, betrayal, vengeance, and anguish"--
Publisher: [New York] :, Random House Large Print,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781984883216
1984883216
Branch Call Number: LT 364.1523092 KE
Characteristics: 782 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
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If you like: True crime and history writing. Documents the abduction and murder of IRA Troubles victim Jean McConville in 1972 Belfast, exploring how the case reflected the brutal conflicts of Northern Ireland and their ongoing repercussions. One of One of NPR's Maureen Corrigan's Best Books Of 2... Read More »

Say Nothing is a compelling account of The Troubles-- the violent sectarian strife that erupted in Northern Ireland in the late 1960s. It's equal parts murder mystery, thriller, history, and group biography of major and minor players. It stands out from other accounts because Keefe doesn't take s... Read More »


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fififlint
Aug 25, 2020

An extremely good book for any person who is interested in '' the Troubles'' and their legacy.

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toodles54
Aug 17, 2020

An engrossing account of the conflict in Northern Ireland-The Troubles-and its far-reaching impact on those involved. This is much more than a mother-gone-missing story. The author does a deep dive into everything from the long-simmering hatreds between different parties that fueled The Troubles, living conditions in Irish orphanages managed by religious orders, and looks into the driven personalities that led the Irish Republican Army.

Highly recommended; for those who've witnessed peaceful protest devolve into violence and chaos this book will resonate.

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Bill_L
Aug 08, 2020

Superb book. More plot twists than a good British thriller. It tells the story of "The Troubles," the guerilla war in Ireland in the latter part of the 20th century, focusing on the Provisional IRA and the murder of Jean McConville. The futility of violence is powerfully illustrated in this sad tale of wasted youth and idealism.

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ReadingIsSexxy
Jul 20, 2020

Ireland is near the top of my travel wishlist but I’m shamed to admit I’m not that familiar with Irish history (I’m 100% not Irish in any way). Say Nothing is part murder mystery, part narrative history of Northern Ireland and part treatise on memory and record keeping. This book is superb and captivating. I read it all in four days and the story told has stayed with me. I would highly recommend it to anyone. I also recommend reading end page about how the notes were complied because it adds so much context to the story.

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AaronAardvark1940
Jul 19, 2020

Nominally the story of a "disappeared" Belfast woman, this book relates the history of the Troubles. While its focus is on the 1970s, it gives the antecedents and the effects that the '70s had and continue to have on the island’s politics. Because this book relies on research done largely with republicans, it tells their stories, but not without significant background on the loyalists, specifically on key members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the British Army. This brief history is an indictment of imperialism and colonialism, and not just of the British variety. It is fascinating to read his descriptions of the evolution of the people in the struggle. In particular, his analysis of Gerry Adams is one of political ambition and incredible hypocrisy. Keefe grew up in Boston’s Irish community but didn’t feel a personal connection to Ireland. He comments that “Some people in Ireland looked askance at the ‘plastic Paddies’ who urged bloody war in Ulster from the safe distance of America.”
The book follows many individuals through their personal tragedies and emphasizes the long-lasting effects on families and on the larger society. Not a book for the faint of heart.

multcolib_susannel Apr 09, 2020

The author weaves personal stories and testimony with the facts of the 'Time of Troubles' in Northern Ireland, 1968-1998.

JCLMeghanF Mar 26, 2020

This is true crime journalism at its best. Not only does Keefe present a nuanced view of the Troubles, he also uncovers a possible killer involved in one of Northern Ireland's most notorious unsolved murders.

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readonandon
Mar 14, 2020

Barack Obama Recommendation

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TayRaymond
Mar 02, 2020

The best cataloguing of the oral history that weaves narration and lived experiences together to both illustrate the times but also connect individuals stories

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danielpslavik
Feb 03, 2020

March book

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