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Bloody Sunday was the worst massacre of British citizens by British troops since Peterloo in 1819 - a potent distillation of the rage and anguish of a bitter conflict that spanned decades and claimed three and a half thousand lives.

In 2002, when the Saville Inquiry transferred from Derry to London, author Douglas Murray began attending daily to hear at firsthand the testimony of the soldiers and members of the IRA who had been there that dreadful day. What he discovered was a devastating story of ordinary people thrown into the most terrible of situations, a story not only more straightforward than the British army would like to admit, but more complex than the IRA has always claimed.

This book is not solely about a shocking event or a process of justice; it is about the efforts of a group of people to arrive at truth and a country’s attempt - three decades on - at painful and perhaps incomplete reconciliation.

Douglas Murray is a best-selling author and award-winning political journalist based in London. From 2007 to 2011 he was the director of the Centre for Social Cohesion in London. He is now a Senior Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society. Read by Michael Fenton Stevens (Last Trains, MI9, Whisper Wings, The Science of the Discworld, Long Earth, Long War, David Jason: Autobiography, Spitting Image, KYTV)

WARNING - this audiobook contains some strong language and descriptions of violence & injuries.

©2011 Biteback Publishing (P)2014 Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd

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Well rounded

I herd Douglas Murray on a podcast and bought this on a whim, did not know anything about the troubles before, but I really enjoyed this book and feel I learned a lot.

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  • Dr. B. Dexter
  • 04-09-2016

Amazing book!

Amazing account of the complexities of this type of conflict-there are no winners. Years later, it becomes almost impossible to determine who fired at who, who fired first, who was "justified" and who not, how memory is so reconstructive, and why people are often so afraid to come forward and report what they saw--or what they thought they saw.

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  • Rachelle R. Wakeman
  • 13-04-2021

Excellent write up

I didn’t know anything more about this event than what I picked up from U2’s song of the same name. Murray’s deep dive is extraordinarily detailed and his conclusion about this horrifying event equally applicable to the US’ current struggle against militant leftism.

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  • Rosemary A. Dixon
  • 03-02-2021

Sad but fascinating

This was a very informative well written book. I ended up listening to the whole thing in 2 days because it was so fascinating. Living in London as a teen during a period of time when the IRA was regularly bombing us I have very negative feelings towards them, I still do but listening to this gave me a much greater understanding of what motivated the people that did it. What a great shame the UK government did what they did to the Irish and what an even greater shame that the men who carried out these atrocities were able to live without punishment for their acts, some continuing to harm people for the rest of their lives.

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  • 07-09-2020

Predictably impressive by Douglas Murray

I knew a fair amount about the headline issues arising out of Bloody Sunday but appreciated the additional texture and insight provided. I was attracted to the book as I admire Douglas Murray's work and wished to hear his take on the events of that day and the subsequent governmental response.

It was grating that many names were mis-pronounced notably, from recollection, Doherty, McLaughlin, Roisin and Colmcille.

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  • James Wickenden
  • 14-11-2018

Fantastic

This is an excellent book about a period of history I previously knew very little about. Murray gives a compelling and comprehensive account of events to construct a wonderful book.

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  • william breitholtz
  • 09-12-2014

Fascinating

If you could sum up Bloody Sunday in three words, what would they be?

Great summary of the inquiry.

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The fact that the Inquiry took so long is testament to the sheer volume of information and evidence and interviews given.

Murray has painstakingly sieved through the details and has clearly and concisely outlined the events before, during and to some extent after the inquiry. Given the subject matter, the author has done a remarkable job to remain balanced - in my opinion - in his description of the participants.

What about Michael Fenton Stevens’s performance did you like?

Clear.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to it in 30 minute sections during the commute.

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  • Ascentis
  • 18-07-2018

Dispels the myths

Impartial, describes the blame on both sides of this terrible tragedy. Brilliant, a must read for anyone interested in the troubles.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-09-2020

Thorough

This book, being mainly transcripts from the enquires, had the potential to be extremely tedious and boring. It wasn’t. This was extremely well written, as we expect from this author, well balanced, thorough and informative. You will get as good a picture of the facts of that day as we can possibly know.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-06-2020

Surprisingly griping!

An absorbing description and analysis NY Douglas Murray. An excellent narration makes it enjoyable.

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  • JasonC
  • 27-05-2020

Forensic, yet a page turner

This was an unbiased description of the Saville enquiry. Douglas Murray is an exceptional author

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-04-2020

Very Good

Informative, well researched and well written, a solid overview of the events of that day.

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  • Edusites
  • 31-10-2018

Bloody Sunday

Interesting and careful walk through the major individuals and incidents associated with the terrible day. This account reads as fair and clear with really no winners but families of lost members being able to have a sort of closure. Reminded me of just how awful it was on all sides before the gentle peace process. Bravo Mo Molem whose legacy still keeps our young safer.

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  • Je suis Charlie
  • 12-05-2016

Wow. I'm gonna go read all his other books.

This must have been a monumental task for the author, yet he has succeeded in writing a book that is hard to stop reading. Having said that, It pulls no punches, and is not for the faint hearted. One must crawl through a great deal of blood and lies in order to get to the truth, and I actually feel rather proud to be British that such a momentous attempt to achieve truth and justice in difficult circumstances was completed. If only something similar could be arranged for Henry Kissinger. Apparently Obama felt he should be given an award instead.

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