An insider's view of political events in Northern Ireland in the 1970s, the autobiography of the Belfast socialist and founder-member of the Social Democrat and Labour Party. Devlin was one of the most fearless and colorful characters ever to grace the Northern Ireland political stage; his book should be essential reading for students of modern Irish history. Devlin grew up in poverty - stricken Belfast in the '20s and '30s. He was born into a highly politicized family, his mother a nationalist, his father a socialist. He soon found himself interned for IRA membership, an experience that radically transformed his life. Turning his back on violence, he became one of Belfast's most committed and hard-working union activists. During the maelstrom of the Troubles he was at the center of many key events that shaped Northern Ireland's destiny.