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Rebel Hearts

Journeys Within the IRA's Soul

Kevin Toolis

St. Martin's Griffin

For ten years Kevin Toolis investigated the lives of the IRA soldiers who wage a secret battle against the British State. His journeys took him from the back kitchens of Belfast, where men joked while making two-thousand-pound bombs, to prisons for interviews with men serving life sentences, and to the graveyards where mourners weep. Each chapter explores a world where history, faith, and human savagery determine life and death. At once moving and harrowing, Rebel Hearts is the most authoritative and insightful book ever written on the IRA.

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Praise for Rebel Hearts

"A powerful book, passionate and compelling, beautifully composed and written." --The Christian Science Monitor

"An intimate and knowledgeable portrait of the IRA." --The New York Times

"Combining a reporter's eye for anecdotes with a sophisticated appreciation of the politics and personalities at play in Europe's longest-running conflict, Toolis has created a narrative that is both entertaining and illuminating." --The Boston Globe

"A profoundly personal and chilling close-up of the IRA and its effects on those it wounds and is wounded by. A riveting read." --Booklist

"Small societies with big troubles often spawn remarkable books, and this one on the IRA by Toolis, a British journalist of Irish descent, is one of the best." --Kirkus Reviews

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  • Kevin Toolis

  • Kevin Toolis, a journalist and screenwriter, was born in Edinburgh of Irish parents. Rebel Hearts is his first book.
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    Journeys Within the IRA's Soul

    Kevin Toolis

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