Mick: The Real Michael Collins
Few people have had as profound an impact on their country’s history in so short a time as Michael Collins had on twentieth-century Ireland. Dead at thirty-one, he remains a hero and an icon both in his native country and abroad. Peter Hart’s compelling and comprehensive biography draws on many hitherto unseen sources to explore the life of Michael Collins and to ask what made him such an extraordinary and complex man. Set to become the definitive work, Hart’s is the first book fully to investigate Collins’s life before becoming a revolutionary and the first to take a critical look at his rise to power and its consequences.
‘Brusque, unsentimental and sensible’ Sunday Independent
‘Excellent…Hart cuts through Collins’ aura of secular sainthood, showing him to be a complex figure’ Daily Telegraph
‘Moves beyond hagiography or demonology and seeks to restore the complexity of real people trying to make history’ Irish Times
‘A triumph’ Irish Review
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I did not know what to expect upon starting this book. Having finished it I was very happy with the outcome as Peter Hart attracted controversy for previous works of his. First and foremost I should say I do not lionise Collins - too many do that already and more critical analyses such as this are warranted. Hart disassociates himself from the hagiography, and also a lot of the outlandish smears and gossip which were levelled by opponents of Collins, dealing instead with facts which he can reference and substantiate. This leads to an interesting bibliography which provides an interesting reading list for those who may wish to read further. This is not mere hero worship and he highlights how it is grave ignorance to suggest that Collins was a simple soldier as some would suggest, in fact that does a grave disservice to his level of intelligence as demonstrated by the level of his political intrigue and ability throughout the years 1917-22.
Review: Mick: The Real Michael CollinsUser Review - Goodreads
Michael Collins has become a mythological figure. He rose to prominence, was among the leading cadre of politicians that established an independent Irish Republic in the twentieth century. To be sure ...