Mick: The Real Michael Collins

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Macmillan, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 485 pages
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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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User Review  - thegeneral - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

Those interested in a purely stoical and factual approach to the subject of Michael Collins' legacy in the IRB/IRA are strongly cautioned to read the introduction to this book in the store before ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Peter Hart is the chair of Irish studies at the Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada and an award-winning author, of, among other titles, The IRA and Its Enemies.

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