“An excellent history of the 1981 hunger strike in Ireland that details the broad cast of characters with insight and care.”from The New York Times Book Review’s “Best Books of 1989”
Ten Men Dead
The Story of the 1981 Irish Hunger Strike
Atlantic Monthly Press
978-0-87113-702-9 • $14.95 • Paperback • Feb. 1997
1981 ten men starved themselves to death inside the walls of Long Kesh prison
in Belfast. While a stunned world watched and distraught family members kept
bedside vigils, one “soldier” after another slowly went to his death in an
attempt to make Margaret Thatcher’s government recognize them as political
prisoners rather than common criminals.
extensively on secret IRA documents and letters from the prisoners smuggled out
at the time, David Beresford tells the gripping story of these strikers and
their devotion to the cause. An intensely human story, Ten Men Dead offers a searing portrait of strife-torn Ireland, of
the IRA, and the passions—on both sides—that Republicanism arouses.