Gerry Adams: An Unauthorised Life

Malachi O’Doherty

A compelling appraisal of one of the most controversial figures in Irish politics that draws on exclusive new interviews and intelligence.

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How did Gerry Adams grow from a revolutionary street activist – in perpetual danger of arrest and assassination – into the leader of Sinn Féin, with intimate access to the British and Irish prime ministers and the US president? And how did he outlast them all?

Drawing on newly available intelligence and scores of exclusive interviews, Malachi O’Doherty’s meticulously researched biography sheds light on the history of this extraordinary shape-shifter. O’Doherty’s experience as a journalist, as a correspondent during the peace process and as a commentator on Northern Irish affairs, informs this authoritative account of one of the world’s most controversial politicians.

Critic Reviews

Very important, careful, detailed, judicious. It’s much the best thing to be written about Adams.

Fintan O'Toole
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An important, penetrating, honest work that must be read.

Henry McDonald, Ireland Correspondent, Guardian
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Remarkable . . . a meticulously researched and engrossing biography that has to be among the most definitive accounts of Adams’s life to date.

Sunday Business Post
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I’ve been waiting for a book like this for a very very long time . . . Everyone in Northern Ireland knows that there are certain things that cannot be said. Malachi O’Doherty says them.

Ian Sansom
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An honest, intelligent biography. . . a fine book.

The Times
Malachi O'Doherty

Malachi O’Doherty is a writer and broadcaster based in Belfast. He is a regular contributor to The Belfast Telegraph and to several BBC radio programmes. He covered the troubles and the peace process as a journalist and has written for several Irish and British newspapers and magazines, including The Irish Times, the New Statesman, The Scotsman, and The Guardian. This…

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