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This is an auction for BRITS: THE WAR AGAINST THE IRA, by Peter Taylor. review:

"Peter Taylor details the more controversial incidents in the record of the security and intelligence agencies. It has been a long and controversial record, with opinion still differing on whether the security forces could have dealt more effectively with groups such as the IRA. Some incidents rocked the IRA to its foundations, such as the loss of seven of its men at Loughgall. Others, such as the SAS killing of three unarmed IRA members at Gibraltar, and the deaths of the 1981 hunger strikers, added to the IRA's gallery of martyrs. Taylor does a particular service by recording the observations of Michael Oatley, the MI6 man who established ultra-secret channels of communication with the IRA. Oatley's impression of Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness is fascinating:

'I was considerably impressed by his intelligence and firmness of manner. It was rather like talking to a middle-ranking army officer in one of the tougher regiments like the Paras or the SAS.'

"Taylor is also good on the murkier side of intelligence operations, especially the penetration of loyalist assassination groups by security agents. This raises the question of whether elements in military intelligence aimed to break these organisations or, in some instances, sought to surreptitiously direct them against republican targets. Taylor sums this up with the judgement that the Nelson case raised disturbing questions about how far up the intelligence chain collusion between loyalists and the military went."

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Hardback 2001.

436 pages + photographs.

Near new condition.

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