From Library Journal
Journalist Dillon covered Northern Ireland for the BBC for 18 years and published a trilogy in Ireland on "The Troubles," now being released in this country in paperback (God and the Gun; The Shankill Butchers; The Dirty War, Routledge, 1999). In God and the Gun, Dillon interviewed Protestant and Catholic terrorists to discern whether this is a religious war or one of economics and class. Aside from IRA "sources," Dillon interviewed the late Billy Wright, a.k.a. "King Rat," a notorious Protestant assassin killed by the IRA in prison in 1997. He also talked with Protestant terrorist Kenny McClinton and Father Pat Buckley, who admitted breaking the seal of the confessional to save lives on both sides. Some of Dillon's subjects answer directly, others quaver. There are many passages that make the book poignant and ironic as Dillon concludes that what should have been a civil rights struggle was manipulated into a religious war. He bogs down a bit at the end, reciting history to put his story in context, but this is still essential for all Irish history collections.ARobert C. Moore, Raytheon Electronic Sys., Sudbury, MA
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...several good books within its covers.USA Today
...likely to become the reference work on the subject.Washington Times
An important work, containing interviews and material as disturbing as they are significant.The Irish Times
Martin Dillon is the greatest living authority on Irish terrorism.Conor Cruise O'Brien