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Book Report — Lost Lives

nhw LiveJournal: March Books 9) Lost Lives The stories of the men, women and children who died as a result of the Northern Ireland troubles, by David McKittrick, Seamus Kelters, Brian Feeney, Chris Thornton and David McVea
I haven't finished this. I never will. It is too heart-rending. It lists 3697 victims of the Troubles, including not only those who died as a direct result of violent acts, but also others whose deaths, ostensibly due to natural causes, was obviously related to the violence.
nrivkis commented on this: "Once, about ten years ago, I read through the entire Auschwitz Register. It's just a reference book; it lists every train that passed through the gates; where it was from, when it set out, when it arrived, how many people were on board (and who, when names were known), and what became of each. It took me about three weeks of steady reading. I considered it an obligation at the time, but I'll never look at it again."

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From Library Journal
McKittrick (Through the Minefield, LJ 2/15/00) and his coauthors are all experienced journalists of the North Ireland beat. This book is a 1600-page obituary, cataloging each life lost during "the Troubles," a huge undertaking whose results have garnered accolades in the U.K. and Ireland. The 3,638 deaths from 1966 to 2000 are chronologically numbered and indexed. Each entry includes the name, number, date of death, county of habitation, marital status, age, religion, occupation, and where appropriate affiliation (IRA, UVF, UDF, British Army, etc.). Assembled from official casualty lists, newspaper accounts, secondary sources, conversations, privately published pamphlets, and the authors' own notes, entries range from a few lines to virtual chapters ... this book tallies the human cost of "the Troubles" in one place. To say that the book is sad or numbing would be an understatement. It belongs in every public and academic library.
Robert C. Moore, Raytheon, Sudbury, MA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Hardcover: 1648 pages
    Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; Reprint edition (2001)
    Language: English
    ISBN: 184018504X

    Hardcover: 1630 pages
    Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company, Ltd. (October 1999)
    Language: English
    ISBN: 184018227X

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