The Yank: The True Story of a Former US Marine in the Irish Republican Army

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Melville House Publishing
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6.0 X 8.9 X 1.1 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author
John Crawley was born in New York to Irish immigrant parents, and moved to Ireland as a young teenager to attend school. Inspired there by the struggle for Irish freedom against British rule in the North of Ireland, he returned to America to receive military training in an elite, special forces "Recon" unit of the US Marine Corps. Afterwards, he returned to Ireland to volunteer for the IRA and conducted many missions, including gun-running from the US, working with Boston criminal head Whitey Bulger. Crawley would be captured and imprisoned twice, both in Ireland and in England, while on major missions, done in both times by informers. He is now retired and married with a family, and lives in County Monaghan, Ireland. He remains as committed as ever to the ending of British rule in Ireland and the establishment of a united Irish Republic.
"[The Yank] reads like a movie script, full of mobsters, smuggling, sabotage, and murder....One thing it doesn't have, though, is doubt." -- The New York Daily News

"At its core, The Yank is an adventure filled with scenes of combat, espionage, and smuggling... riveting..." -- Coffee or Die Magazine

"Crawley delivers a full-throated and unrepentant call for a united Ireland in this lucid chronicle... A clear-eyed look, from the inside, at a group willing to risk it all for a cause." -- Publishers Weekly

"Readers interested in a firsthand account from an IRA fighter with a U.S. Marine perspective, one who is a forceful believer in Irish republicanism, will find this book very interesting." -- Library Journal

"A foot soldier in the Irish Republican Army delivers an unrepentant memoir. ... An in-the-trenches story of life as an ordinary soldier in a complicated set of circumstances." -- Kirkus

"Thrilling... Crawley gets the reader's heart pumping as he describes escaping shootouts with enemy troops, battling a hurricane in the North Atlantic while running guns from the U.S. to Ireland, and telling off a CIA agent who tried recruiting him." -- The American Military News

"Straightforward and unsentimental...Crawley provides enough context to understand the realities on the ground in the Ireland of the 1980s." -- Shelf Awareness

"His life makes for an enjoyable, worthwhile study...." -- The Washington Independent Review of Books

"The Yank is an extraordinary piece of work. No sentiment or self-pity; hardboiled and disarmingly direct. A compelling read." -- Patrick McCabe, author of The Butcher Boy

"John Crawley is the Jason Bourne of the IRA." -- Richard O'Rawe, author of Northern Heist