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'SIR, THEY'RE TAKING THE KIDS INDOORS': The British Army in Northern Ireland 1973-74 Hardcover – September, 2012

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Ken Wharton began writing in 2007 after being made redundant and in the 8 months of unemployment finished his first book: A Long Long War; Voices From The British Army in Northern Ireland.
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  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Helion and Company (September 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907677674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907677670
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,961,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul pledger on January 29, 2013
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Having taken the first Saracen APC's into Belfast in the early 70's I only saw life from the driving seat and interested to read the following events, all be it in "diary" fashion. Having read snippets of Ken Whartons comments on a military Facebook page I knew the research must of been painstaking and became obvious when reading the book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sancho on October 6, 2014
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Purchased this trying to learn more about the "Troubles" in N. Ireland and the British soldier's viewpoints. Does well in describing heroic acts and sacrifice, of both soldiers and civilians, but the author is apparently under the impression the every (yes, every) American town, village and city had a group of Irish taverns where Americans flocked to donate money to the cause of the IRA. I don't doubt that funds were raised and weapons illegally purchased and exported for terrorist purposes, but the repeated references got very tiring. I planned to purchase the other books in the series, but I can't justify doing so now...
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zaubyrie on February 3, 2013
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I think that it's good that perspectives of British soldiers on the Troubles are being made available.
However, I think that this one has some glaring flaws.

First off, the notion that Edward Kennedy was an IRA apologist is false. He was a longstanding opponent of the IRA. Edward Kennedy was actually a vocal supporter of John Hume, the SDLP, and a united Ireland. He was also a longtime critic of the British Army's and the RUC's behaviour in nationalist communities. None of those things make one an "IRA apologist" for anyone other than those who have a severely warped and irrational perspective. Or, they're simply bitter and venting their spleen.

Secondly, if you're going to accuse the US Supreme Court of 'blocking tactics' or 'filibustering', I would suggest doing some research on how the SCOTUS actually works. I also suggest getting a dictionary and looking up filibustering so you can see why accusing the SCOTUS of it is just silly.

Thirdly,the support given the IRA as a nation by the US? Are you kidding? I sincerely doubt the vast majority of Irish Americans care a single bit what happens in Ireland and I suspect the rest of country cares even less. There is an Irish American Lobby and they were barely able to get Bill Clinton to authorise a visa for Gerry Adams and now Ken Wharton would have us believe that they hold sway over American opinion? Does he even realise how Anglophile Americans tend to be? Does this man know anything about Americans?

Fourth, I doubt that the amount of money raised by NORAID and Irish Americans wouldn't have paid for Sinn Fein's postage stamps, let alone fund the IRA's campaign. In this, he is lazily using other people's lazy research.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 26, 2012
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A good follow on from other books on the same subject from the author. Very anti-Irish/Irish Republic though. The belief that the Irish Army and an Garda Siochána (Irish police) both supported and/or turned a blind eye to the IRA is repeated several times in the book. Potential readers should be aware that the opposite was true. Also, the majority of Irish people did not support the IRA as the author tries to portray.
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