The Lost Revolution: The Story of the Official IRA and the Workers Party by Brian Hanley & Scott Millar
This was good. I couldn’t really remember the Irish Workers Party (from my youth), but obviously I’d heard of the Offical IRA.
I think as an exposition of the small and complicated tangle of sectarian politics in Ireland it worked. Also, the contrast between southern and northern needs.
Also, as a description of the conflicts in moving from non-political (ie para-military) to political it was quite thought provoking.
The book did a great job of organizing and presenting what is really a complicated (not very linear) subject. Mixing the appropriate level of detail to give a human side, but also able to show the big picture.
I also wondered how unique is abstentionism to Irish politics. I’m not sure I (or real politics experts) can think of other examples.
Also, it made me realise that there really is only one political party in Ireland.