This is the best-selling biography of the IRA resistance fighter and hunger-striker, Bobby Sands. In this updated, new edition, Denis O'Hearn draws from a wealth of interviews with friends, comrades, fellow prisoners and prison wardens, to provide a faithful and shocking insight into life in Northern Ireland's H-Block prisons, an exploration of the motivations and thoughts of the Republican strikers and the story of one of the world's most radical, inspirational figures.
Following his journey from its very beginnings - an ordinary boy from a working-class background in Belfast to a highly politicised, articulate revolutionary whose death in HM Prison Maze sent reverberations around the world, Bobby Sands: Nothing But An Unfinished Song captures the atmosphere of the time and the vibrancy of the man: a militant anti-imperialist who held on to his humanity despite living through a bitter, ugly struggle.
Denis O'Hearn is Professor of Sociology, Binghamton University, New York. He has studied prison communities and conflict in the H-Blocks in Ireland, Turkish F-type prisons, and US supermax prisons. His latest book, is Living at the Edges of Capitalism (University of California Press, 2016).
Prelude 1. Growing Up in Utopia 2. Violence and Anger 3. Into the IRA 4. A Change of Scene 5. A Trip to the South 6. Prison 7. Things Get Hot 8. Learning to Rebel 9. Leaving Long Kesh 10. Putting It into Practice 11. A Bad Day in Dunmurry 12. Castlereagh 13. Back to Prison 14. Solitary Confinement 15. On the Blanket 16. Escalating the Protest 17. H6: Building Solidarity Within 18. H6: Extending the Protest 19. Toward the Inevitable 20. Hunger Strike 21. Step by Step 22. The End 23. The Beginning Notes Acknowledgements Index