Michael Collins by James Mackay
A Life

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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 This remarkable biography, which draws on much hitherto unpublished material, charts the dramatic rise of the country boy who became head of the Free State and the commander-in-chief of the army.

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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.
Published December 21, 2012 by Mainstream Digital. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Collins's story cannot be told independently of that of his principal opponent, Eamon de Valera, who remarked after Collins's death, ``In the fullness of time history will record the greatness of Collins and it will be recorded at my expense.'' That much is true, but Mackay does not satisfactoril...

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This biography of Michael Collins (1890-1922) is the first since Tim Pat Coogan's definitive Michael Collins: The Man Who Made Ireland in 1992, and admirers of Collins will find verification here for their sentiments.

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