Making Peace in Northern Ireland
The definitive account of the Northern Ireland Peace Process, by one of the key players – Tony Blair's ex-Chief of Staff, Jonathan Powell.
* The Blair administration’s pursuit of a lasting settlement in Northern Ireland stands out as one of the great achievements in modern British politics.
* Even after the initial moves towards a peace, there was every chance that long-nursed grievances would break out again into paramilitary extremism. That they did not is a lasting monument to the determination and guile of many of those involved.
* As the government’s key negotiator, Jonathan Powell is uniquely qualified to give the definitive account of the end of the Troubles.
* Great Hatred, Little Room: Making Peace in Northern Ireland will become a landmark in the literature of conflict resolution: an historical document of lasting importance that is also a vivid and dramatic account of fallible men and women working at the limits of their endurance.
“Students of government will find Powell's book a treasure trove”
Max Hastings, Sunday Times
“Fascinating and fast-moving... an extraordinary book”
“This is the best-informed rough draft of history so far written by someone who was on the roller-coaster ride to a settlement”
“A fascinating book. No-one else could provide such an insider's account, for he was the only one to be involved in the detail of every tortuous step”
“[a] highly informative account.”
Nicholas Bagnall, The Sunday Telegraph