Rebels: The Irish Rising of 1916

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"A WORK OF GREAT DRAMATIC POWER climaxing in the final hundred pages where he writes a full, searing narrative of the patriot leaders' last days . . . It's powerful stuff."
--The Sunday Press (Ireland)

On Easter Monday of 1916, a thousand Irish men and women, armed with pikes and rifles, took over the center of Dublin and proclaimed a republic. It was a rash, doomed, symbolic uprising, and the rebel leaders knew it. Crack British troops killed and wounded hundreds of the rebels in the week of fighting, and ...

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Overview

"A WORK OF GREAT DRAMATIC POWER climaxing in the final hundred pages where he writes a full, searing narrative of the patriot leaders' last days . . . It's powerful stuff."
--The Sunday Press (Ireland)

On Easter Monday of 1916, a thousand Irish men and women, armed with pikes and rifles, took over the center of Dublin and proclaimed a republic. It was a rash, doomed, symbolic uprising, and the rebel leaders knew it. Crack British troops killed and wounded hundreds of the rebels in the week of fighting, and British artillery shells left Dublin's city center in ruins.

But the Rising of 1916 was not in vain. The short-lived insurrection and the subsequent executions of sixteen rebel leaders galvanized the Irish people. The overthrow of seven centuries of British rule in Ireland began on Easter Monday, 1916.

In Rebels, Peter de Rosa, author of the bestselling Vicars of Christ, tells the story of the 1916 Rising in all its terror and beauty. With the dramatic flair of a novelist and the scrupulous accuracy of a professional historian, de Rosa brings to life the people, passions, politics, and repercussions of this historic event.

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``Surely Christ never died for this people!'' moaned labor leader James Connolly as mobs looted Dublin during the abortive 1916 Irish uprising against British rule. Connolly, a Scottish-born Marxist, and a handful of fellow rebels understood they might be signing their death warrant when they proclaimed Ireland an independent republic amid the chaos of WW I. In De Rosa's ( Vicars of Christ ) spellbinding epic narrative, studded with a cast of some 50 principal characters, the insurrection unfolds with the inevitability of a Greek tragedy. The ending is foreshadowed when arms-runner Sir Roger Casement, a former British consular official, piloted a German submarine to Irish shores. This stunningly dramatic, lyrical work (including a list of dramatis personae) helps one fathom the depths of the Irish passion to eject the British from Ireland. Events encompass enough intrigue, espionage, secret missions, heroism and suspense to fill several international thrillers. Photos. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449906828
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1992
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 535
  • Sales rank: 954,745
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.95 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2001

    An Incredible True Tale of Stupidity, Heroism, and Barbarity

    Irish-Americans probably know more about the Russian and French revolutions than they know about the forces that led to the establisment of the Irish Republic. Irish pubs and Irish song have glorified heroes and villians, while romanticizing the struggle to fairy tale legend. De Rosa's Rebels gives every Irish-American the perspective they need and should be required reading in every Irish-American home. In an exciting narrative, not often found in a history text, De Rosa strips legend from brutal reality. Indeed, the only thing legendary about the Easter Rising was the bumbling by its leaders and the ultimate sheer waste of human life. Yet, the Rising clearly shows the long term barbarity of the English against the Irish. De Rosa's account of the the street battles in Dublin and the brutal, almost random killing of Irish males, strips the British of the civility they often drape themselves in. With millions of Irish-Americans already in the USA, it's amazing the lack of passion and pure resentment when the British Army -- amazingly against the advice of English political leadership -- begin the daily closed kanagroo trials and almost immediate execution of the Irish leaders. Rebels is a must read for anyone who thinks they know Irish-American history.

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    Posted September 27, 2012

    SPY WEAPONS ARMORY

    Has a bunch of weapons that spys use.

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