Living with Ghosts: The Inside Story from a 'Troubles' Mind

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Living with Ghosts: The Inside Story from a 'Troubles' Mind

Living with Ghosts: The Inside Story from a 'Troubles' Mind

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He goes deep into his contacts with the IRA, the loyalist organisations, MI5, Special Branch, the army, and the many other players in the conflict period. Living with Ghosts is a deeply personal account of one man’s doubts and decisions, and the challenges of reporting a war on his doorstep. In Living With Ghosts renowned veteran journalist Brian Rowan retraces his steps through Northern Ireland's conflict years, as he bravely delves into the darkness of those times. His story takes us beyond the often-strict boundaries of the news into the dilemmas, arguments and fears behind its scenes. In reality, every democracy, however sophisticated or stable it may look, has been attacked or actually destroyed by a would-be Caesar, from Ancient Greece to the present day.

There are Big Caesars who set out to achieve total social control and Little Caesars who merely want to run an agreeable kleptocracy without opposition: from Julius Caesar and Oliver Cromwell through Napoleon and Bolivar, to Mussolini, Salazar, De Gaulle and Trump. The sense from reading Rowan’s memoir of reporting on the conflict, its resolution and aftermath is that it might never make sense. In his journalistic career Rowan walked the thinnest of lines, where morals and principles were blurred, and as a result his mind became tortured.In November 2017 the people of Zimbabwe took to the streets in an unprecedented alliance with the military. In his career Rowan walks along the thinnest of lines on a path where morals and ethics and principles are blurred, and his mind becomes tortured. Brian talks of personal experiences during the troubles not just his own but how others were affected. Thoughtful and melancholy … If this book helps to exorcise at least some of their demons, it will certainly have served a valuable purpose. He goes deep into his contacts with the IRA, the loyalist organisations, MI5, Special Branch, the army and the many other players in the conflict period.

For many of us who have lived through the troubles, the past is something we’ve tried to forget, move on from, suppress. He makes radical, but important recommendations regarding dealing with the pain of our province's past. This is as close to the truth, to the real story of the corruption, vulgarities, horrors, and lies of the Kingdom and its current despot as we are likely to get. If you've ever wondered what would happen if limitless money met limitless power, wonder no longer, it's all here. Since the late 1980s, he has reported on all the major developments on Northern Ireland’s journey from war to peace; stories he has told using a range of sources – IRA, loyalist, police, military, intelligence, political, Church and others.Across its pages, veteran journalist Brian Rowan retraces his steps back through the tunnel of Northern Ireland's conflict years and into the darkness of those times. Living With Ghosts is a memoir of Brian Rowan's journalistic encounters during the Troubles and an analysis of their meaning at many years’ remove. He has remained a well-sourced commentator and occasional reporter on talks processes since leaving the BBC. The minuscule geography of Northern Ireland is also ever present, the pressure of moving around Belfast – by any measure not a big city – surrounded in the 1980s and 1990s not just by looming hills, but army watchtowers and helicopters. Living with Ghosts is a moving and deeply personal account of one man's doubts and decisions, and the challenges of reporting a war on his doorstep.



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