Say Nothing: A True Story Of Murder and Memory In Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe
'All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory.' – Viet Thanh Nguyen
I knew little about Ireland and Northern Ireland before reading this book. I only knew the term 'The Troubles' but had no idea what it really meant. This is an incredible book about The Troubles in Northern Ireland from the 60s-90s. It tells the stories of IRA and Provisional IRA members and what it was like to live through those times, and then the transition to 'peace'. It is about how to move on from a violent time like that, what should you remember? What should you forget? Was it all worth it?
Who should be held accountable for a shared history of violence? It was a question that was dogging Northern Ireland as a whole.