Ten Men Dead

October 2, 2008 · Print This Article

Ten Men Dead - by David Beresford. "Possibly the best book to emerge from the war in Ireland" The New York Times From The Publisher - In 1981 ten men starved themselves to death inside the walls of Long Kesh prison in Belfast. While a stunned world watched and distraught family members kept bedside vigils, one Soldier after another slowly went to his death in an attempt to make Margaret Thatcher's government recognize them as political prisoners rather than common criminals. Drawing extensively on secret IRA documents and letters from the prisoners smuggled out at the time, David Beresford tells the gripping story of these strikers and their devotion to the cause. An intensely human story, Ten Men Dead offers a searing portrait of strife-torn Ireland, of the IRA, and the passions - on both sides - that Republicanism arouses. Available online at the Sinn Féin Bookshop.

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  1. Margaret Wernerspach on April 19th, 2009 11:39 pm

    I love this book and I loaned it to a friend of mine who knew nothing of what went on in the north of Ireland. After reading it she wrote a poem in their honor. She couldn’t believe why we, in the States, were not told the truth. I then had to explain that because our government in the States is in bed with the British government, you don’t get the truth.

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