by Peter Taylor
(Hardback; 16.99 IRP / 23.50 USD)
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This book is based on a series of frank and chilling interviews - both with the paramilitary leaders who mapped out loyalist strategy over the years and the gunmen who carried out the bombing and killing. It also contains revealing interviews with loyalist and unionist politicians who operated centre stage while the paramilitaries remained in the shadows. The loyalists believe it was their clinically targeted offensive against members of the Irish Republican Army and Sinn Fein that helped bring the Republic Movement to the negotiating table.
Like Peter Taylor's acclaimed Provos, Loyalists provides a new, unique and gripping inside account of the thinking, strategies and ruthless violence of the Protestant paramilitaries. As John White, a member of the Ulster Freedom Fighters who was convicted of one of the most brutal killings of the Troubles, and who walked into Downing Street almost 25 years later as a member of the loyalist peace delegation, told Peter Taylor: 'I was proud to enter Downing Street as a member of the UFF. It justified the nature of loyalist violence, that it was political not criminal.'
This book is based on the BBC TV series and is published to coincide with the establishment of the new institutions set up by the Good Friday Agreement. Together with Provos, (now available in paperbacl0, Loyalists provides a unique record of The Troubles and of the peace process which may finally bring them to an end.
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