Say Nothing

Say Nothing

A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

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December 1972. Jean McConville, a mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders. Her children never saw her again. Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as the Troubles. Everyone in the neighborhood knew the IRA was responsible, but no one would speak of it. In 2003, human bones was discovered on a beach-- McConville. Keefe uses the case as a starting point for the tale of a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war, a war that created a world of passion, betrayal, vengeance, and anguish-- and whose consequences have never been reckoned with. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385521314
Call Number: 364.1523 KEE
Characteristics: xii, 441 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bib Control Number: 1007533


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Jean McConville, thought to be an informer for the British, disappeared in 1972 in Northern Ireland, and her body was not found for thirty years. A story about the painful power of the conflict that still resonates decades later.

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Oct 26, 2020

A good book to read and most informative on the history of the troubles period and history behind Northern Ireland

LPL_IanS Sep 24, 2020

I typically shy away from true crime, but I made an exception for this history of Northern Ireland’s "Troubles" and I’m glad I did. Say Nothing is a riveting and complex look at several of the figures at the heart of the affair. For Irish authenticity listen to the audiobook.

Aug 25, 2020

An extremely good book for any person who is interested in '' the Troubles'' and their legacy.

Aug 17, 2020

An engrossing account of the conflict in Northern Ireland-The Troubles-and its far-reaching impact on those involved. This is much more than a mother-gone-missing story. The author does a deep dive into everything from the long-simmering hatreds between different parties that fueled The Troubles, living conditions in Irish orphanages managed by religious orders, and looks into the driven personalities that led the Irish Republican Army.

Highly recommended; for those who've witnessed peaceful protest devolve into violence and chaos this book will resonate.

Aug 08, 2020

Superb book. More plot twists than a good British thriller. It tells the story of "The Troubles," the guerilla war in Ireland in the latter part of the 20th century, focusing on the Provisional IRA and the murder of Jean McConville. The futility of violence is powerfully illustrated in this sad tale of wasted youth and idealism.

Jul 20, 2020

Ireland is near the top of my travel wishlist but I’m shamed to admit I’m not that familiar with Irish history (I’m 100% not Irish in any way). Say Nothing is part murder mystery, part narrative history of Northern Ireland and part treatise on memory and record keeping. This book is superb and captivating. I read it all in four days and the story told has stayed with me. I would highly recommend it to anyone. I also recommend reading end page about how the notes were complied because it adds so much context to the story.

Jul 19, 2020

Nominally the story of a "disappeared" Belfast woman, this book relates the history of the Troubles. While its focus is on the 1970s, it gives the antecedents and the effects that the '70s had and continue to have on the island’s politics. Because this book relies on research done largely with republicans, it tells their stories, but not without significant background on the loyalists, specifically on key members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the British Army. This brief history is an indictment of imperialism and colonialism, and not just of the British variety. It is fascinating to read his descriptions of the evolution of the people in the struggle. In particular, his analysis of Gerry Adams is one of political ambition and incredible hypocrisy. Keefe grew up in Boston’s Irish community but didn’t feel a personal connection to Ireland. He comments that “Some people in Ireland looked askance at the ‘plastic Paddies’ who urged bloody war in Ulster from the safe distance of America.”
The book follows many individuals through their personal tragedies and emphasizes the long-lasting effects on families and on the larger society. Not a book for the faint of heart.

multcolib_susannel Apr 09, 2020

The author weaves personal stories and testimony with the facts of the 'Time of Troubles' in Northern Ireland, 1968-1998.

JCLMeghanF Mar 26, 2020

This is true crime journalism at its best. Not only does Keefe present a nuanced view of the Troubles, he also uncovers a possible killer involved in one of Northern Ireland's most notorious unsolved murders.

Mar 14, 2020

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