UVF: Behind the Mask

UVF: Behind the Mask

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UVF: Behind the Mask is the gripping and shocking history of the Ulster Volunteer Force, from the formation of its post-1965 incarnation up to the present day. Aaron Edwards blends rigorous research with unprecedented access to leading members of the UVF.

Not Yet Published ~ May 2017

ISBN:9781785370878.
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Product Description

UVF: Behind the Mask is the gripping and shocking history of the Ulster Volunteer Force, from the formation of its post-1965 incarnation up to the present day. Aaron Edwards, who grew up in the Protestant working class community in North Belfast, blends rigorous research with unprecedented access to leading members of the UVF. His unique position reveals startling revelations into the inner-workings of one of the world’s oldest and most ruthless terrorist groups, explaining the grisly details behind their sadistic torture and murder techniques and their high profile atrocities. Brilliantly told through a compelling ‘True Crime’ narrative, Edwards offers key insights into the surrounding historical, social and political environment of which the UVF was a direct product.

Interviews with high-profile UVF members – including Billy Mitchell, David Ervine, Billy Wright, Billy Hutchinson, Gary Haggarty, and the group’s current leadership, as well as their loyalist rivals such as Johnny Adair, and the police officers who sought to bring the paramilitaries to justice – reveal the secret details behind the group’s violent campaign. UVF: Behind the Mask assesses the long-term effects of UVF violence on its own members, supporters and wider Northern Irish society, explaining, for the first time, how law enforcement agencies used informers and agents to combat UVF violence. Edwards’ life and career has led him to the centre of the UVF’s long, dark underbelly; in this defining work he offers a comprehensive and authoritative study of an armed group that has played a pivotal role in the Irish conflict.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Two Billys

  1. The Bishop
  2. ‘Hell Slap It Into Them’
  3. Liquidating the Enemy
  4. The Beginning of the End
  5. Talking and Killing
  6. Regimental Loyalty
  7. The Shankill and Its Butchers
  8. ‘That Bastard Murphy’
  9. A Million Miles from Home
  10. An Atmosphere of Pure History
  11. At the Bottom of the Well
  12. Compromise or Conflict
  13. The Kitchen Cabinet
  14. In the Hands of Philistines
  15. Their Only Crime Was Loyalty
  16. An Intense and Loyal Following
  17. ‘You’re Either with Us or Against Us’
  18. Family, in a Sicilian sense
  19. Decommissioning the Mindsets
  20. The Praetorian Guard

Epilogue: The Sealed Knot

About the Author

Aaron Edwards is a Senior Lecturer in Defence and International Affairs at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He is the author of several books, including, A History of the Northern Ireland Labour Party (2009) and Mad Mitch’s Tribal Law: Aden and the End of Empire, (2014).

Additional Information

Author

Aaron Edwards

Format

Paperback

Imprint

Merrion Press

Publication Date

12 June 2017