Michael Collins: A Life

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Random House, Dec 21, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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The most charismatic figure to emerge during the struggles for the independence of Ireland was undoubtedly Michael Collins. This remarkable biography, which draws on much hitherto unpublished material, charts the dramatic rise of the country boy who became head of the Free State and the commander-in-chief of the army.

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User Review  - the.ken.petersen - LibraryThing

Much of this book reads, not as a biography so much as, a peon of praise. Michael was taller, more handsome and a better fighter than anyone. Michael was right in every decision. As a biography, I ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A stirring, comprehensive life of the great Irish patriot. ``If you think you understand what's going on, you're just confused,'' says a graffito current in Belfast. The same is true of Irish history ... Read full review


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About the author (2012)

Dr James Mackay has had a lifelong interest in Michael Collins. At Glasgow University he majored in Irish history and wrote his Masters's thesis on his boyhood hero. This biography realises a longstanding ambition to do justice to one of the great figures of the century. Widely regarded as the world's greatest authority on the life and works of Robert Burns, Mackay's definitive biography, Burns, won the 1994 Saltire Society Book of the Year award. He is also the author of Vagabond of Verse: A Biography of Robert Service, Brave Heart: William Wallace, Allan Pinkerton: The Eye Who Never Slept and Sounds Out of Silence: A Life of Alexander Graham Bell.