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Michael Collins
Michael Collins: A Biography by Tim Pat Coogan

When President of the Irish Republic Michael Collins signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921, he remarked to Lord Birkenhead, 'I may have signed my actual death warrant.'

In August 1922 during the Irish Civil War, that prophecy came true – Collins was shot and killed by a fellow Irishman in a shocking political assassination.

So ended the life of the greatest of all Irish nationalists, but his visions and legacy lived on.

This authorative and comprehensive biography presents the life of a man who became a legend in his own lifetime, whose idealistic vigour and determination were matched only by his political realism and supreme organisational abilities. Coogan's biography provides a fascinating insight into a great political leader, whilst vividly portraying the political unrest in a divided Ireland, that can help to shape our understanding of Ireland's recent tumultuous socio-political history.

Head of Zeus * Biography
16 Dec 2015 * 524pp * £6.99 * 9781784975364
'There have been several other lives of Collins, but none has assembled such wealth of detail'
Independent on Sunday
'A lively and colourful adventure story with a fascinating yet recognisably human hero'
Dublin Sunday Press
'Enjoyable and valuable'
David Puttnam

Tim Pat Coogan

Tim Pat Coogan
Tim Pat Coogan is Ireland's best-known historical writer. His 1990 biography of Michael Collins rekindled interest in Collins and his era. He is also the author of The IRA, Long Fellow, Long Shadow, 1916: The Mornings After and The Twelve Apostles.
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