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Before the Dawn An Autobiography

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Before the Dawn An Autobiography

by Adams, Gerry

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ISBN 13
9780688143121
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New York: Quill An Imprint of William Morrow and Company, Inc. Light Creasing on Front, Rear Covers; Front, Rear Covers, Spine Lightly Chipped; Edges Lightly Soiled; Slight Yellowing Due to Age. BOOK NUMBER: 27F5. BOOK DESIGN BY: Margaret Hinders. COVER PHOTOGRAPH BY: Oistin Macbride/Corbis Bettmann. COVER DESIGN BY: Peter Davis. ISBN: 0-688-14312-1 (Copyright Page)/0-688-16101-4 (Rear Cover). SYNOPSIS: Gerry Adams is widely regarded as the most controversial leader in modern Irish history, yet few know what sort of man he really is. Now he speaks out in a remarkable memoir that tells both an intimately personal story and a tale of political awakening in the crucible of northern Irish conflict. Born in West Belfast in 1948, Gerry Adams is the eldest in a large family who endured poverty and discrimination without ever losing the strong affections and the sense of humor so characteristic of the Irish. He describes a deprived yet happy childhood, and celebrates the closeness not only of his own family but also of the working-class Catholic community where he came of age. 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, and the resentments that had smoldered--and occasionally exploded--for centuries. Soon he was engaged in direct action on the issues of housing, unemployment, and civil rights. As he traces the years of conflict, insurrection, and violence that flamed anew in 1969 and continue to this day, he offers not only an individual credo but a fascinating view of modern Irish politics. Ranging from the streets of West Belfast to the cages of Long Kesh, this powerful memoir is much more than the story of one man committed to peace and freedom: it is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the Ireland of today. Gerry Adams, the president of Sinn Fein since 1983, has long been one of the most important and influential men in Irish politics. He is the author of four previous books.. First U.S. Edition 1st Printing. Trade Paperback. Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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Bookseller's Inventory #
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Title
Before the Dawn An Autobiography
Author
Adams, Gerry
Format/Binding
Paperback
Book condition
Used - Fine
Edition
First U.S. Edition 1st Printing
Binding
Paperback
ISBN 10
0688143121
ISBN 13
9780688143121
Publisher
Quill An Imprint of William Morrow and Company, Inc.
Place of Publication
New York
This edition first published
1997
Keywords
Biography,Political Figures
Bookseller catalogs
Biography - Political Figures;
Size
8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

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