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Posted March 12, 2001
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 October 3, 2014
This is a well researched and readable account of people and events leading up to the Easter Rising. A must read for people who would like to learn about (or more about) the modern Irish patriots.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 27, 2012
Posted December 14, 2012
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