A Secret History of the IRA (Penguin, 2002; 2007) by award-winning journalist Ed Moloney. In The Blanket, an on-line journal, reviewer Liam O Ruairc described the book as potentially "the standard if not the definitive work on the history of the Provisional IRA."  Eamonn McCann, in The Nation, commented that it was "the best book yet" written on the Provisional IRA as it traced the rise of the Provos from the burning out of Catholic neighborhoods in Belfast in August 1969 to "the enclosure of the movement's leadership within conventional bourgeois politics through the Good Friday Agreement of 1998" (Belfast Agreement).
A central theme in the book is the role that Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has played in the Irish Republican Movement. In his review, O Ruairc noted that the book could have been "better titled A Secret History of Gerry Adams."  In the Sunday Business Post Online, reviewer Tom McGurk, in a reference to the strategy articulated by Danny Morrison at the 1981 Sinn Fein Ard-Fheis, wrote that the book "grippingly" detailed Adams's struggle to move from the Armalite to the ballot box "without a split and without bodies in ditches."
The book was met with controversy because of some of the revelations it contains. And those revelations reveal both a strength and weakness, in that some of Moloney's sources were willing to speak in great detail but with the caveat that they remain confidential.
List of Maps
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
Part One: The Dogs of War
One: Roots Two: The Defenders Three: The Big Lad
Part Two: Taking on the Old Guard
Four: Cage 11 Five: "Our Dreyfus" Six: A Long, Hot Summer
Part Three: A Secret Process
Seven: "Behind the Scenes" Eight: Dealing with the Brits Nine: "Stepping Stones" Ten: "No Idle Boast" Eleven: Death in Tyrone Twelve: "The War of the Twilight" Thirteen: The Derry Experiment
Part Four: Ending the War
Fourteen: Seven Men in a Room Fifteen: Cease-Fire Sixteen: The Sos Seventeen: Point of No Return Eighteen: The End Begins Nineteen: The Midas Touch Twenty: The Last Kalishnakov Epilogue: "Turning the Titanic in a Bathtub"
Appendix 1: Special Sinn Féin Ard Comhairle Meeting, April 12, 1980
Appendix 2: TUAS Document - Summer 1994
Appendix 3: Post-1996 Convention IRA Constitution
Appendix 4: IRA Executive Chairman Seamus McGrane's Speech at the 1997 Convention
Appendix 5: IRA Chiefs of Staff
Appendix 6: The Mitchell Principles
Appendix 7: Letter from Father Alex Reid to Charles Haughey, May 11, 1987
Appendix 8: "Concrete Proposals" and "Stepping Stones": two undated documents by Father Alec Reid
Appendix 9: IRA Statement Ending its Armed Campaign against Britain, July 28, 2005
Chronology of Events
Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations
Chart of IRA Structure