Longlisted for the 2012 Orwell Prize.
One hundred and eight rounds of bullets. Fourteen dead. Fourteen wounded. Two sides to a story and a four-decade search for the truth…
It was meant to be a peaceful march. But on the afternoon of 30 January 1972 in the City of Derry a riot started, the army went in and firing began. ‘Bloody Sunday’ became a catalyst for three more decades of violence. In 1998 a new Inquiry was ordered. It took thirteen years. This book tells what happened when victims, soldiers, spies, politicians and paramilitaries finally appeared on the witness stand. It is about the search for truth, the hope of reconciliation and the people who still stand in its way.
‘[Murray writes with] a nice combination of reason and irony … a very cool but devastating analysis. This is a period when tough-mindedness and clarity are at a discount, and it is highly encouraging to find someone youthful, defiant and principled who can both write and think at the same time.’ – Christopher Hitchens
‘Whether one agrees with him or not Murray has made a valuable contribution to the global battle of ideas.’ – Amir Taheri, Asharq al-Awsat
‘Douglas Murray writes so well that when he is wrong he is dangerous.’ – Matthew Parris, Spectator
“Superb analysis of the Saville Inquiry”Full review
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“This is a book that deserves a place on any military minded bookshelf… very informative, very accessible and well written… is exceedingly well written, comprehensive and informative.”Full review