Agents of Influence, and Political Purgatory: Two accounts of the North

Aaron Edwards probes secret intelligence and Brian Rowan analyses political stasis in NI

Martin McGuinness: In Aaron Edwards’ telling, the British were all over the IRA like a bad suit, while Brian Rowan ponders the stops and starts of the peace process. Photograph: Pacemaker press

Martin McGuinness: In Aaron Edwards’ telling, the British were all over the IRA like a bad suit, while Brian Rowan ponders the stops and starts of the peace process. Photograph: Pacemaker press

Agents of Influence by Aaron Edwards (Merrion Press, 332pp, €19.95)
Political Purgatory by Brian Rowan (Merrion Press, 264pp, €19.95)

Military history, a British officer once remarked, must always be misleading: “On the actual day of battle naked truths may be picked up for the asking; by the following morning they have already begun to get into their uniforms.”

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