• War and an Irish Town

  • By: Eamonn McCann
  • Narrated by: Eamonn McCann
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

McCann’s account of what it is like to grow up a Catholic in a Northern Irish ghetto - first published in 1974 - quickly became a classic account of the feelings generated by British rule. The author was at the center of events in Derry which first brought Northern Ireland to world attention. He witnessed the gradual transformation of the civil rights movement from a mild campaign for “British Democracy” to an all-out military assault on the British state.

This book describes the people involved in the war, gives an account of the springs of the "Catholic" opposition, tells what their world was like and how their background affected the daily conduct of events. McCann gets beyond the rhetoric of the organized groups to the real people involved - people who are not so different from those in any other British town.

©1974, 2018 Eamonn McCann. Introduction to Haymarket edition: Eamonn McCann (P)2018 Audible, Inc.
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  • km
  • 04-05-19

Simply amazing

This is an amazing book. The author’s presentation style is so similar to classical histories and Roman rhetoric, that although it may appear to be a brief history on the subject of the troubles, it is not so simple. This book simultaneously presents Irish republicanism and eventually Marxist ideologies not in a vacuum of national case study, but in a western context. This narrative presented is something that can be applied universally to western histories and internationally to the struggles between revolution and empire. Although, I can’t agree whole heartedly to some of the politics if they were applied to my country or society (as it differs from that of Ireland’s north) the author clearly makes his case for the actions known to take place on multiple side of the conflict in Ireland’s north. This man is a true rhetorician in the classical sense and has been done by the Irish monks of old, he preserves western ideals outside of the pro-imperial mindset.

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Written from a Marxist viewpoint

The writer is a convinced Marxist which shapes his worldview and analysis. In spite of this, the eyewitness history is interesting if you can make it through the first part of the book.

The writer narrates, but is not a good narrator. Very heavy northern Irish access, plus something is off with the narration, making it hard to hear at times.

Overall a useful books for those seeking to understand the Troubles.

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sound quality is poir

It is very hard to understand. cannot follow the story. not good story i used a credit

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  • IndyCurl
  • 09-09-19

incredible book

Incredibly compelling, fascinating story. took a little while to get into it, but grew quickly to.love the self-narration by Eamonn McCann, which really brings it alive.

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  • Elaine
  • 01-27-19

Thought provoking

This book is a lot of things.
For me, as a closet socialist, it makes sense and makes me believe there is a better way to order our society.
Eamonn reads this perfectly. One of the best read books I've ever come across.
I also admire him for taking out a tome written decades before and examining it objectively. Doing this he inevitably finds mistakes galore. These he admits to and attempts to put right.
Thank you Eamonn.

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  • declan brady
  • 03-08-21

great insite into Irish history

MC cann does a brilliant job in reading his outstanding history of Derry and of the six counties . anyone wanting to know more about Irish history needs to listen to this book . outstanding

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  • Ninorcronin
  • 02-24-19

Unique perspective- on N.Irish politics & people

What a fresh perspective for me on a history I thought I had a hold on......

Whether you agree with his political genre.....his clear and equitable sourcing of little know sources.....with a real flavour how it was in Derry during the Troubles.....its been jaw-dropping while also blowing open my awareness of both sides!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-11-21

Very good

This is a very good read interesting and definitely worth your time and effort 👍

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-20

essential

an important book for anyone interested in the history of Ireland.
"Ireland unfree will never be at peace" ... a truth that is hard to stomach, but a truth nonetheless
tiocfaidh ár lá

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  • DJ
  • 07-29-19

Good history lesson.

Narrator has a very direct way of presenting the information. One the less, a very interesting insight.

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  • Justin O'REILLY
  • 12-09-18

great facts

very good potential of the Irish Government through that time, and Catholic church. Thanks
loads.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-26-21

Definitive working class history of Derry and Irel

outstanding, gripping, funny and sad. essential history of the working class in Derry and Ireland in the 20th century

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  • 7 furlong avenue
  • 09-02-21

fascinating and illuminating

Whilst not an easy listen - it requires attention and concentration- the book gives a fascinating context and depth to issues I've been aware of and intrigued by my whole adult life. Made me keen to dig deeper