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  • 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

    The Scotsman
  • James Mackay is at the forefront of the pro-Collins forces . . . thorough and full of interesting anecdotes

    Financial Times
  • 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

    Sunday Times
  • A marvellously detailed account of the life of one of the most significant figures in Irish history

    West Highland Free Press
  • A realistic and readable account of Collins's life

    The Observer

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