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Before the Dawn: An Autobiography
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Brandon Books
Publication date October 11, 2001
Pages 360
Binding Paperback
Edition New
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780863222894
ISBN-10 0863222897
Dimensions 1 by 5 by 8 in.
Weight 0.65 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $20.95 says people who bought this book also bought:
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Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: Born in West Belfast in 1948 into a family with close ties to both the trade union and republican movements, Gerry Adams is the eldest of ten children. He writes with affection of his mother, "an articulate and gentle woman, " of his father, a republican activist who had been jailed at the age of sixteen, and of his grandmother, who nurtured in him a love of reading. He describes his childhood, despite its material poverty, in glowing and humorous terms, recollecting golden hours spent playing on the slopes of the mountain behind his home and celebrating the intimate sense of community in the tightly packed streets of working-class West Belfast. But even before leaving school to work as a barman, he had become aware of the inequities and inequalities of life in the north of Ireland. Soon he was engaged in direct action on the issues of housing, unemployment, and civil rights. Gerry Adams brings a unique perspective to the years of conflict, insurrection, and bitter struggle that ensued when, in his view, peaceful political agitation was met with hysterical reaction, and the sectarian tinder-box of Britain's last colony erupted. From the pogroms of 1969 to the hunger strikes of 1981, from the streets of West Belfast to the cages of Long Kesh, this powerful memoir is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand modern Ireland.

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from William Morrow & Co (March 1, 1997)
9780688143121 | details & prices | 332 pages | 6.25 × 10.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $25.00
About: The leader of Ireland's Sinn Fein describes his childhood, his early involvement with the IRA, and recent peace talks with the British
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New edition from Brandon Books (October 11, 2001)
9780863222894 | details & prices | 360 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $20.95
About: Born in West Belfast in 1948 into a family with close ties to both the trade union and republican movements, Gerry Adams is the eldest of ten children.
Reprint edition from William Morrow & Co (May 1, 1998)
9780688161019 | details & prices | 332 pages | 5.50 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $15.00
About: Gerry Adams has been at the forefront of Northern Ireland's struggle for nearly three decades, taking leadership positions and guiding his country in negotiating peace talks with England for the first time in their tumultuous history.

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