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  • Electric ... [a] magisterial and essential book

    Roy Foster, Irish Times
  • [A] tour de force ... wonderful ... brilliantly written history ... Townshend's book can only inspire admiration

    John Lee, Irish Mail on Sunday
  • Highly detailed and rich ... [a] magisterial and judicious narrative ... this must surely be one of the definitive texts on this period of Anglo-Irish history

    Mary Kenny, Literary Review
  • Charles Townshend's monumental work [is] bold in ambition, scope and execution ... a work of broad and confident understanding, characterised by a uniform care in its approach to complex and controversial material ... An intensely compelling and often discomfiting narrative, which candidly explores four years of personal and intimate violence

  • Magisterial ... intensely gruelling but hugely impressive ... for people who prefer to know the facts ... [a] fine achievement of breathing new life into a subject that some historians might assume had already been done to death

    Sunday Business Post
  • For those interested in a reliable and empathetic introduction to the topic, this is now the best place to start

    BBC History Magazine
  • A great read ... it has certainly set a very high standard for others to measure up to

    Marianne Elliott, Times Higher Education
  • A well-sourced, severely objective account of the origins and courses of the wars that followed the Easter Rising

    Irish Catholic
  • Charles Townshend's The Republic . . . nails the Irish revolutionary events of 1918-23 with his inimitable kind of forensic panache

    Roy Foster, Times Literary Supplement BOOKS OF THE YEAR

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