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 This remarkable biography, which draws on much hitherto unpublished material, charts the dramatic rise of the country boy who became head of the Free State and the commander-in-chief of the army.
in this fine biography James Mackay is frank in his admiration for Collins . . . and he achieves the balance between the private and the public man with great skill
James Mackay is at the forefront of the pro-Collins forces . . . thorough and full of interesting anecdotes
This biography tells the story well, and with a life like Collins's - so crammed with action, so poignant, yet so clouded with rumour and doubt - this is no mean feat . . . Anyone trying to make sense of the enduring struggles in Ireland should read this book
A marvellously detailed account of the life of one of the most significant figures in Irish history
A realistic and readable account of Collins's life