North of the Border seeks to educate people about the conflict in Northern Ireland: its history, its participants, and its factions. Aside from generally telling the story, which in certain portions I do, my unique experience with Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland in the summer of 1993 allows me to take the reader into the mindset of individuals living with the conflict. I intend that the reader, by learning the history of Ulster and then meeting various individuals who live there, will get a sense of what is motivating the minds and hearts of Unionists and Nationalists in Northern Ireland.
The book contains a historical overview from ancient Ireland at the time of the entrance of the British to events in Northern Ireland through April 1993, followed by interviews that I conducted with various Unionists and Nationalists, as well as with the police and a prominent lawyer. The focus of the interviews is on feelings and perceptions of local community elites.
The next part of the book details what happened in Northern Ireland between May 1993 and December 1993. The entire early period of the peace process and the concurrent explosion of violence are detailed. In the final section of the book, I use conflict resolution theory to analyze the psychological mindsets of the people in Northern Ireland. I make the analysis sufficiently general as to give it a timeless quality.