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. West Belfast is the deadliest neighborhood, and the IRA is responsible for almost half the deaths, though a sizable minority of the victims dies from their own blunders, e.g., premature bomb detonation. Like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, 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
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"The greatest single piece of scholarship in either journalism or historical studies that has ever been conducted in this country. In its encyclopedic detail, in its towering integrity and in its moral compassion, it could be the most influential study of Irish history that has ever been presented" -- Kevin Myers Irish Times "There is not even space to do justice to the scholarly comprehensiveness, the magisterial even-handedness or the moral integrity of this astonishing book" -- Robert McCrum, Literary Editor The Observer "The scrupulous, austere, secular litany that is Lost Lives is the greatest act of remembrance that has yet emerged. It restores, with its economical but vivid detail, the humanity behind the statistics" -- Fintan O'Toole Irish Times "A devastating account of the price paid for peace. Read it and weep. I know I did, and without apology to the cynics" -- Fergal Keane, BBC correspondent "The most influential reference book in Irish history" Irish News