We've been putting copies of Tom Clonan's
new book Whistleblower, Soldier, Spy
out on the shelves at Liberties Upstairs
today. In this book the former Irish soldier continues the memoir that he began in Blood, Sweat and Tears
(published by Liberties in 2012):
a journey that begins and ends in Ireland, Tom Clonan takes us from
Shannon Airport, to Iraq, Syria and Guantanamo Bay, detailing the
personal and professional aspects of serving in the Irish Armed Forces. Whistleblower, Soldier, Spy
is about more than the details of the Global War on Terror: it is a
courageous, first-hand account of life on and off duty, confronting the
dark secrets as well as the power of love in the fight against the
threat of terrorism.
|'The Dark Heart of the War on Terror'|
About the Book:
Captain Tom Clonan’s odyssey begins as an Irish army officer in
war-torn Lebanon and Bosnia. As a soldier, he witnesses the brutality
and squalor of war in the conflict zones of the Middle East and Central
Europe. On his return to peacetime Ireland, he is forced to confront the
dark secret at the heart of the Irish Armed Forces, including the
systematic sexual harassment of Irish women soldiers.
a million US troops have taken part in the Global War on Terror. Most
take their first steps on that journey at Shannon Airport. Thousands
return in sealed coffins. From Shannon Airport, to Iraq, Syria and
Guantanamo Bay – Clonan’s exploration of this world war begins, and
ends, in Ireland.
Whistleblower, Soldier, Spy
charts Clonan’s progression from soldier to academic and journalist and
offers an honest and vivid account of life on and off duty. Clonan
writes of his own personal hardships, coming to terms with the loss of a
precious daughter and the struggle to protect a son in ill health.
is a testimony to conflict, global and personal, and of the importance
of moral courage. It is a book which ultimately affirms the power of
love in the fight against the forces of destruction.'
Hodges Figgis in Dawson St will be hosting the launch of Tom Clonan's book on Wednesday 20 November at 6.30pm. Fintan O'Toole, Literary Editor of the Irish Times will be doing the honours at the launch. If you would like to come along to the event then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +353 (0) 1 405 5741.
And don't forget that if you want a copy of Whistleblower, Soldier, Spy but can't manage to get to the launch you will be able to pick up a copy at Liberties Upstairs.
Have a great weekend!