Michael Collins: The Man Who Made Ireland

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When the Irish nationalist Michael Collins signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921, he observed to Lord Birkenhead that he may have signed his own death warrant. In August 1922 that prophecy came true when Collins was ambushed, shot and killed by a compatriot, but his vision and legacy lived on. Tim Pat Coogan's biography presents the life of a man whose idealistic vigor and determination were matched by his political realism and organizational abilities. This is the classic biography of the man who ...

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Overview

When the Irish nationalist Michael Collins signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921, he observed to Lord Birkenhead that he may have signed his own death warrant. In August 1922 that prophecy came true when Collins was ambushed, shot and killed by a compatriot, but his vision and legacy lived on. Tim Pat Coogan's biography presents the life of a man whose idealistic vigor and determination were matched by his political realism and organizational abilities. This is the classic biography of the man who created modern Ireland.

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"A timely and courageous book." — John McGahern, Sunday Times

"There have been several other lives of Collins, but none has assembled such wealth of detail." — Independent on Sunday

"The events described in this book can usefully be learned from by those who govern Ireland now." — Financial Times

"A lively and colourful adventure story with a fascinating, yet recognisably human, hero." — Dublin Sunday Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312295110
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 524
  • Sales rank: 479,249
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 2.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Pat Coogan is one of the best known journalists and historians in Ireland. Former editor of the Irish Press, his books include The Troubles, The IRA, and Wherever Green is Worn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Entertaining and Informative- a must-read!

    I really enjoyed reading this book- I got the impression that Michael Collins was both a rambunctious fella from County Cork and a dedicated Irish nationalist. Though Eamon de Valera seemed to be more prominent in the political part of the nationalist movement, Collins' involvement in the guerrilla war against the British from 1919-1921 was critical to the eventual Anglo-Irish Treaty and the start of Ireland's progress towards becoming an independent republic. The fact that Collins was able to do a lot of organization while traveling to places on a bicycle shows how flexible and practical he was in his planning. I have no doubt that other great biographies of Michael Collins exist, but this is a definite start!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2008

    One good book

    An absolutely terrific read that stirs nearly every human emotion as Coogan walks you through a great mans life. From the environment which raised M.C. to become a soldier and a leader, to the circumstances surrounding his controversial death it's all included in the usual 'no stone unturned' style of T.P. Coogan. What I enjoyed most was the authors' use of personal letters of Collins' which allows the reader to 'get to know' the historical figure in question and puts a human face on a man that was larger than life. An awesome book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2006

    For Ireland, What a Great Guy Is

    I great guy to establish Ireland. Fight a war with England. If you are Irish, you need to read this. A great book of our history. I loved it. I will read it again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2001

    detailed account extrordinaire

    WARNING! not for the casual reader - TP coogan's book is an exhaustive and meticulously detailed account of the 'big fellas' 31, short but action packed, years. the information given on the 'behind the scene's' decisions & debates during one of ireland's most critical & divisive periods is unequaled. mr coogan should be highly commended for this first rate piece of scholarship..

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