Joe Cahill passed away in July, 2004. Born in Belfast in 1920, he was an IRA activist all his life. In this extensive authorized biography, he gives his full and frank story, his viewpoint, and his experiences This extraordinary journey mirrors the growth, changes and development of the republican movement as a whole through more than sixty years of intense involvement. His experiences range from Northern Irish prison cells of the 1940s, surviving a death sentence, to Washington when the Good Friday Agreement was being negotiated. He tells of his arms deal with Gaddafi, and the fateful voyage of the Claudia ; Bloody Sunday and the burning of the British Embassy in Dublin ; the high-drama helicopter escape of IRA prisoners from Portlaoise Jail, and his rise through the ranks of the organization and deportation to the U. S.