The Troubles in Northern Ireland had deep roots. Northern Ireland was created in 1921, when Ireland was partitioned between the North and South. While Southern Ireland became the Irish Free State, Northern Ireland's population was split: the majority were unionists and wanted to remain within the United Kingdom. A significant minority, however, mostly Catholics, were nationalists who wanted a united Ireland independent of British rule.
For most of the 20th century, Northern Ireland was marked by discrimination and hostility between the two sides until, in the late 1960s, the conflict erupted into three decades of violence known as the Troubles.
From award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, “Say Nothing” is a masterful narrative of the Troubles, winning a best book of 2019 by the Wall Street Journal, NYTimes, Economist, Washington Post, and too many other publications and awards to mention. Patrick Raiden Keefe is a storyteller who captures the complexities of a historical moment by digging deep into the lives of people on all sides of the conflict.