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He’s been imprisoned shot at denounced shunned and banned yet Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams remains resolute in his belief that peace is the only viable option for the Irish people Adams led the oldest revolutionary movement in Ireland on an extraordinary journey from armed insurrection to active participation in government Now he tells the story of the tumultuous series of events that led to the historic Good Friday Agreement as only he can with a tireless crusader’s conviction and an insider’s penetrating insight In vivid detail Adams describes the harrowing attack on his life and he offers new details about the peace process We learn of previously undisclosed talks between republicans and the British government and of conflicts and surprising alliances between key players Adams reveals details of his discussions with the IRA leadership and tells how republicans differed “dissidents” emerged and the first IRA cessation of violence broke down He recounts meetings in the Clinton White House tells what roles Irish Americans and South Africans played in the process and describes the secret involvement of those within the Catholic Church Then—triumphantly—this inspiring story climaxes with the Good Friday Agreement what was agreed and what was promised Gerry Adams brings a sense of immediacy to this story of hope in what was long considered an intractable conflict He conveys the acute tensions of the peace process and the ever present sense of teetering on the brink of both joyous accomplishment and continued despair With a sharp eye and sensitive ear for the humorous foibles of political allies and enemies alike Adams offers illuminating portraits of the leading characters through cease fires and standoffs discussions and confrontations Among the featured players are John Major Tony Blair Bill and Hillary Clinton Jean Kennedy Smith and Nelson Mandela As the preeminent republican strategist of his generation Gerry Adams provides the first comprehensive account of the principles and tactics underpinning modern Irish republicanism And in a world where peace processes are needed urgently than ever A Farther Shore provides a template for conflict resolution From the Hardcover edition


10 thoughts on “A Farther Shore: Ireland's Long Road to Peace

  1. says:

    Having read a few books about the Northern Ireland Troubles this book drove me absolutely mad I found it very biased and one sided and on thw whole barely telling the truth as told by many others involved during the various stages covered by Adams Granted that it is written from his own point of view he manages to twist everything to suit his own version of what happened from who was to blame for the Troubles to how the Peace Process came about According to Adams pretty much the entire blame rests with either the RUC who apparantly is a paramilitary not a police constabulary or the British Army both of whom were in constant collusion with every member of the various Loyalist and Unionist paramilitaries Now granted that the RUC and the Army did get some things wrong and did occasionally collude with the paramilitaries it was nowhere near the extend that Adams makes out The other thing I found distinctly irritating was the fact that Adams repeatedly stated that Sinn Fein has absolutely nothing to do with the IRA which is contrary to many of the other texts I've read including Joe Cahill's autobiography His bias comes through very clearly when he mentions the various acts of violence that occured during the timeframe of the book with those of the RUC the Army and the Loyalist and Unionist paramilitaries given in great detail and condemned by Adams whereas those by the various IRA groups and other Republican and Nationalist paramilitaries are barely mentioned and then only in passing Overall it was interesting to read Adams' point of view but I did find myself arguing with much of what he said out loud on a number of occasions too This needs to be read with a very large pinch of salt and the reader must bare in mind that it is very very biased and does not give a full or accurate picture of the Troubles and the Peace Process


  2. says:

    This book is well written but is it entirely trustworthy? Adams was an important player in The Troubles in North Ireland He was certainly a key party in the Good Friday Agreement and has had an active role in Irish government ever sinceA Farther Shore is as much an autobiography as a history of those days and of his work in Sinn Fein This was not an easy time or place or group to be involved in Adams was an active figure You must remember though that this is the story of that time told by him and through his eyes Just as an example he talks almost exclusively about civilian Catholics in North Ireland but rarely mentions any Protestant civilians For that you have to look elsewhere start with Patrick Keene's Say NothingI'm just not convinced that Adams had nothing to do with the IRA Was he always so ready to work for peace? People to change they do become inclined to work with or for peace He certainly worked hard with the Good Friday Agreement


  3. says:

    Standing on a Cliff with Adams we're invited to follow him into his tale of terror totalitarianism and a half won triumph Whatever else one may say about the man he's bright articulate and has a gift for writing One gets the definite impression that no ghostly hands produced this book from the ramblings of a fat polititionIreland's conflict is sad and I think we all can agree on this This is a story and it's the story as Gerry sees it or at least how he wants us to see it Let's not forget he's a pliititionBeause of he and others we've moveed toards some sort of peace Was he involved in the IRA in a violent roll when he was younger? I'll never know and many who reads this won't either That fat aside he did a service for his country went through a lot of crap along the way and sertinly deserves some sort of creditIt is a long book but he's covering uite a span of years and a lot of history He does twist things to his own perspective but who does not? It's not suposed to be a book of objectivity; that's for journalists to do not those involvedInteresting exersize look up some of the old debates between mr Adams and other people You'll gt an idea of just how high the blood was runningInterestingly enough When I was in my dear conservitive Christian highschool this stuff was never talked about in world kurrent eventsStand ar reader upon the cliffs of Ireland and look to sea Be drawn with Gerry on his voyage of remberance and if you nead grain of salt there's plenty to hand


  4. says:

    I really made a serious attempt to read Gerry's account of the Good Friday Peace Agreement Having read some of his short stories before I knew that he was a gifted writer That skill is present in his narrative here but that was not enough for me to really toil over this book Adams goes into WAY too much detail Someone that could seriously slog through this whole thing would have my respect Well and then there is the whole thing that every section I did read felt like a fictional account I tried to put my bias aside but one of the first things I read was Gerry disputing his IRA membership If I subscribed to the Irish Republican viewpoint I might love this book Instead I think it is a very well written but overly dense work of fiction The only part I did enjoy was Adam's stories about meetings with Clinton WH staffers and Congressional representatives In the end though this book is mostly just SF propaganda


  5. says:

    Mr Adams' book came across as self serving He is clearly a politician but he does present an alternate view of the Troubles than portrayed in the media and by the British government Some of the details of allegations of collusion by the government gave credibility which challenges optimism for a resolution All in all it was important for me or anyone interested in the Irish process to add to their cache of knowledge on the subject


  6. says:

    the peace process from this man's point of view all the tactical moves by all sides of the conflict are explored and exposed in some cases