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Big boys' rules : the SAS and the secret struggle against the IRA, Mark Urban

Label
Big boys' rules : the SAS and the secret struggle against the IRA
Title
Big boys' rules
Title remainder
the SAS and the secret struggle against the IRA
Statement of responsibility
Mark Urban
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Explores the security forces' covert operations in Northern Ireland. This book charts the successes and failures of special operations during the troubles. It reveals the dilemmas faced by intelligence chiefs engaged in a daily struggle against terrorist organisations.
Biographical or historical data
Mark Urban is the Diplomatic Editor of the BBC's Newsnight and was formerly Defence Correspondent for the Independent. He is the author of several books, including Big Boys' Rules: The SAS and the Secret Struggle Against the IRA, The Men Who Broke Napoleon's Codes and Rifles: Six Years with Wellington's Legendary Sharpshooters. His Generals: Ten British Commanders Who Shaped the World was described by Tim Collins as 'entertaining, informative and insightful', and by Allan Mallinson as 'one of the most intelligent books on the British Army I have ever read'. Fusiliers: How the British Army Lost America But Learned to Fight was described by Simon Sebag Montefiore as 'a vivid, gritty, poignant and well-researched charge-by-charge, barrage-by-barrage march of one regiment of Redcoats through the battles of the American War of Independence.'.
Cataloging source
UK-WkNB
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1961-
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Urban, Mark
Dewey number
  • 322.4209416
  • 363.3209416
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Provisional IRA
  • Terrorism, armed struggle
  • Revolutionary groups & movements
  • Revolutions, uprisings, rebellions
  • Police & security services
  • Espionage & secret services
  • Politics and Government
  • Terrorism, armed struggle
  • Revolutionary groups & movements
  • Revolutions, uprisings, rebellions
  • Police & security services
  • Espionage & secret services
  • Northern Ireland
Summary expansion
The SAS describes its attitude to the use of lethal force as 'Big boys' games, big boys' rules'. Anyone caught with a gun or bomb can expect to be shot. In Big Boys' Rules: The SAS and the Secret Struggle Against the IRA Mark Urban meticulously explores the security forces' covert operations in Northern Ireland: from the mid-1970s, when they were stepped up, to the Loughall ambush in 1987, in which eight IRA Provisionals were killed. While charting the successes and failures of special operations during the troubles, Urban reveals the unenviable dilemmas faced by intelligence chiefs engaged in a daily struggle against one of the world's most sophisticated terrorist organisations. "This is a book that needed to be written and which fulfils the essentials of any Ulster story; it expands understanding beyond fragmented jingoism and newspaper headlines." (John Stalker, Sunday Times)
Target audience
general
Label
Big boys' rules : the SAS and the secret struggle against the IRA, Mark Urban
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Paperback. B-format paperback
Control code
9780571168095
Dimensions
20x13x2 cm.
Extent
304 p.
Isbn
9780571168095
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill., 1map
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
Big boys' rules : the SAS and the secret struggle against the IRA, Mark Urban
Publication
Note
Paperback. B-format paperback
Control code
9780571168095
Dimensions
20x13x2 cm.
Extent
304 p.
Isbn
9780571168095
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill., 1map
Specific material designation
regular print

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