Say Nothing

Say Nothing

A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

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One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR - TIME MAGAZINE

ONE OF THE BEST 10 BOOKS OF THE YEAR - WASHINGTON POST

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST

WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

"Masked intruders dragged Jean McConville, a 38-year-old widow and mother of 10, from her Belfast home in 1972. In this meticulously reported book -- as finely paced as a novel -- Keefe uses McConville's murder as a prism to tell the history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Interviewing people on both sides of the conflict, he transforms the tragic damage and waste of the era into a searing, utterly gripping saga." - New York Times Book Review, Ten Best Books of the Year

From award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions

In December 1972, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs. They 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 I.R.A. was responsible. But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. In 2003, five years after an accord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland, a set of human bones was discovered on a beach. McConville's children knew it was their mother when they were told a blue safety pin was attached to the dress--with so many kids, she had always kept it handy for diapers or ripped clothes.

Patrick Radden Keefe's mesmerizing book on the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland and its aftermath uses the McConville case as a starting point for the tale of a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war, a war whose consequences have never been reckoned with. The brutal violence seared not only people like the McConville children, but also I.R.A. members embittered by a peace that fell far short of the goal of a united Ireland, and left them wondering whether the killings they committed were not justified acts of war, but simple murders. From radical and impetuous I.R.A. terrorists such as Dolours Price, who, when she was barely out of her teens, was already planting bombs in London and targeting informers for execution, to the ferocious I.R.A. mastermind known as The Dark, to the spy games and dirty schemes of the British Army, to Gerry Adams, who negotiated the peace but betrayed his hardcore comrades by denying his I.R.A. past-- Say Nothing conjures a world of passion, betrayal, vengeance, and anguish.
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, c2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385521314
Branch Call Number: 364 .1523 KEE
Characteristics: xii, 441 pages :,illustrations, portraits ;,25 cm

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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.

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readonandon
Mar 14, 2020

Barack Obama Recommendation

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TayRaymond
Mar 02, 2020

The best cataloguing of the oral history that weaves narration and lived experiences together to both illustrate the times but also connect individuals stories

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danielpslavik
Feb 03, 2020

March book

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bethgarza24
Jan 13, 2020

NYT 2019 Top 10

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legalsec2504
Nov 24, 2019

New York Times Top 10 Books of 2019.

Masked intruders dragged Jean McConville, a 38-year-old widow and mother of 10, from her Belfast home in 1972. In this meticulously reported book — as finely paced as a novel — Keefe uses McConville’s murder as a prism to tell the history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Interviewing people on both sides of the conflict, he transforms the tragic damage and waste of the era into a searing, utterly gripping saga.

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kookaburraofdoom
Nov 24, 2019

On Best Books of 2019 NYT list

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norma777
Nov 02, 2019

Suzanne book club pick

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mimsipod
Oct 10, 2019

I was in Ireland in August, about 6 weeks ago, on a guided bus tour of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Our bus driver was also the tour guide, and was a man who had been actively involved in the Troubles, and spent 3 years in jail as one of the “blanket men”. He taught all of us a lot about what had gone on, from both points of view. He took us to see the peace walls and I wrote my message on a wall there as thousands had before me. He referenced this book, and while it includes some of the terrorism on the part of the IRA it barely acknowledges terrorism on the part of the loyalists, or on the part of soldiers. The book was not meant to be only about Jean McConville, but also about other major figures during those years. My parents were born and raised in Belfast, and our family lived there for a short time. I felt first-hand as a child the tensions between Catholics and Protestants in 1961-63 when I lived there, and six weeks ago, felt it again in Belfast, and in Derry. I think the book captures the huge divide, still present in the form of flags that are flown to identify whether a person is in a Protestant or Catholic neighbourhood. The tensions are alive and well, and as was stated by an IRA member in the book, I think they “have never gone away.” I worry about what will happen regarding borders as a result of Brexit.

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