Rebel Hearts Summary

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Jondavid Longo Professor Tom Copeland Politics in Global Terrorism Book Review: Rebel Hearts 4/12/09 On Dec. 13, 1867, three Fenian militants, engaging in an action in what Kevin Toolis calls "the longest war the world has ever known," killed six people, including a 7-year-old girl, when they set off a bomb outside Clerkenwell Prison in London. Nearly 130 years later, the Fenians' successor organization, the Irish Republican Army, was still at it, placing bombs in suburban trash cans, killing children and adults who just happened to be nearby. The struggle continues. While I read this, I was pulled into the world of IRA militants. I felt frustrated with their cause as if it were my own. Sadness and grief became synonymous with that frustration as these men continued to fight for what seemed to be a lost cause. I…show more content…
operatives throughout his book. Although each is different, they all share the same fanaticism. Even though I felt a certain sadness and frustration as I read the book, my sympathy for the IRA faded as each story revealed itself. They were all the same. I lost interest quickly except for a few times during the reading. The story of Patrick Flood brought my attention back to the book. Patrick was a master bomb maker executed by the I.R.A. after the I.R.A found out he had become an informant for the British. Toolis did what he could to keep track of Patrick Flood’s activity with the British but received most of his information from the I.R.A. itself. To help him learn about Flood's career, Toolis is given permission by the I.R.A. to listen to the confession Mr. Flood made during seven weeks of interrogation. Kevin Toolis tells us "Halfway through the tape a feeling of obscenity akin to physical nausea gripped me," Mr. Toolis writes. "I felt as if I had been stained by something unclean. By listening to the tape of this man, so close to dying, I felt as if I was participating in his

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