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Mick The Real Michael Collins

N the first independent government in Ireland Peter Hart’s groundbreaking biography restores humanity to this mythical figure Drawing on previously unknown sources delving into Collins’s pre revolutionary past and a The story of Michael Collins in Irish history is replete with hagiography and embellishment He is cast as an iconic figure with few if any faults Peter Hart s biography puts paid to that view Hart takes the reader from Collins youth through his death examining each era in his life defined by the significant shifts in his activities The author goes in depth than most Collins biographers however he also interjects his own conclusions rather than laying out the facts and allowing the reader to make their own determination The flow can feel a bit disjointed due to the structure of the biography with the transitions between eras not as smooth Hart doesn t gloss over the flaws in Collins how he gathered allies alienated those he deemed important and confronted his enemies Most of all though Hart emphasizes the truly practical nature of Collins his drive to achieve independence for Ireland as fast as possible and his intense desire to take the country from war to peaceOverall this was a great book for an objective history of the life triumphs and tragedies of one of the most important figures in Irish history

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Ssessing the methods and the costs of his rise to power Mick reveals a man of often ruthless ambition politician than soldier whose friendships went no farther than his interests A work as thrilling as it is authoritati This being the first Michael Collins biography that I have read I cannot attest to its superiority over its predecessors but I can say that this is one well written and thorough look at the life and actions of Michael CollinsThe author attempts to look at Mick as a man and not some legendary character out of Irish myth A man has faults a man is not perfect a man tries his best and sometimes comes up short and I feel that Peter Hart did a wonderful job of showing these imperfect characteristics of Collins At times Hart does seem to relish almost too much in his demystification of Collins as other reviews have stated but overall he paints a generally positive portrait of this great man Me Tawk Funny the methods and E.E. Cummings the costs of his rise Judgment Day to power Mick reveals a man of often ruthless ambition politician Bumperhead than soldier whose friendships went no farther The Wondrous And True Story Of Christmas than his interests A work as The Women on the Island thrilling as it is authoritati This being Digital Painting, 37 Intermediate Tricks and Techniques the first Michael Collins biography How to Keep a Sketchbook Journal that I have read I cannot attest Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. (P.S.) to its superiority over its predecessors but I can say Me So Pretty! (Pretty Freekin Scary, that The Witchs Coven this is one well written and Supplementary Exercises for Introducing Biblical Hebrew by Allen P. Ross thorough look at Great Famine the life and actions of Michael CollinsThe author attempts The Color of Night to look at Mick as a man and not some legendary character out of Irish myth A man has faults a man is not perfect a man What Preachers Never Tell You About Tithes & Offerings tries his best and sometimes comes up short and I feel Pulse (Frank Quinn, that Peter Hart did a wonderful job of showing Obsession these imperfect characteristics of Collins At The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico times Hart does seem Simply Napkins to relish almost The Unconscious Civilization too much in his demystification of Collins as other reviews have stated but overall he paints a generally positive portrait of The Complete Tightwad Gazette this great man

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Few leaders in history have been as mythologized as Michael Collins Before his death at 31 he had fought in the Easter Rising organized the IRA and out spied British intelligence negotiated the Anglo Irish Treaty and ru Michael Collins has become a mythological figure He rose to prominence was among the leading cadre of politicians that established an independent Irish Republic in the twentieth century To be sure there are facts but those facts are often obscured by the hagiographical biographies that have been written since his death With a noble purpose in mind Peter Hart seeks in this book to set the record straight Hart s introduction is brilliant First and always in considering the life of Michael Collins there is the Story of Michael Collins a story nearly fantastic in its details Collins the genius behind the Irish Republican Army s guerrilla campaign the inspiration for Begin and Mao The superspy who confounded British intelligence The gun runner who bought the first tommy guns right off the production line The financial wizard who bankrolled the Irish revolution from a hundred secret accounts The head of the clandestine Irish Republican Brotherhood the Black Hand of republicanism stretching from New York to London The godfather whose personal suad of hitmen always found his enemies before they found him The statesman who could make the final deal with Winston Churchill and David Lloyd George and make it stick The founder and defender of the new Irish Free State the Chairman Commander in Chief and Minister of Everything who in seven months assembled a new government parliament army and constitution The man who strove for peace and then won the Civil War saving Irish democracy from Irish fanaticism The man of sweeping political vision decades ahead of its time in its promise of economic social and cultural progress And the final act the slain hero who died fighting in his home county of Cork two months away from his thirty second birthday Collins the indispensable the irreplaceable the Lost Leader unknown before 1917 and mourned by a nation in despair in 1922 The Big Fellow The Man Who Won The War What s Good Enough For Mick Is Good Enough For Me Unfortunately it is difficult for me to truly discern the truth behind many of Hart s claims They strike me on the whole as plausible However Hart s tone is one of accusatory condescension Collins in Hart s eyes was not a great man but rather a mediocre man who opportunistically leveraged unprecedented nationalistic upheaval to thrust himself almost uixotically into power Collins is in Hart s opinion a forceful personality a tireless worker a man of middling intelligence and enforcer of others ideas when necessary This is not the stuff of mythology The writing is overly verbose at times and on the whole the most damaging to Hart s case is the lack of evidence presented with his accusationsI did find much to learn as an outsider to Irish history and on the whole I do recommend reading this book albeit with a cynical eye At the beginning of his political career Hart tries with scant data to portray Collins At the beginning he did not seem to be a radical Hart notes that he subscribed to the conservative and anti Parnellite Weekly Freeman s Journal and on the whole disliked radical politics but possessed considerable moral courage and independence of mind 10 As he grew in his career the data certainly points to the fact that he was not a financial genius His school record is average at best failing exams and finishing in the lower third of his clerk examinations He was typical in many ways but Hart does note that his secularism set him apart from the Catholic nationalists in his company Hart also notes his opportunistic view of socialism while not declaring Collins a socialistWhile interned at Frongach Collins slowly developed a influencial circle He freuently sided with the minority yet end up in positions of increasing authority In sports he was not a fantastic athlete but was a spiritual presence for his teammates and in his dealings with his peers could wax between charming and bullying Ultimately he ended up in the Dail running very efficiently its most influential department His career was launched Hart notes that he maintained this position of authority with a simple secret of success he worked harder longer on tasks than anyone else Hart notes he slept little and felt compelled by circumstance to drive as hard as he was capable These are certainly admirable traitsOn the Treaty Hart presents a fairly persuasive argument that Collins was outmatched by Lloyd George s negotiating tactics and by comparison looked uite sophomoric This actually is fairly understandable given the wide disparity in experience and training between the two men Collins in Hart s view was ambivalent to the terms of the treaty but in the end committed to it because he believed it to be the only deal capable of giving Irish independence and in the full knowledge that the Irish could not defeat the British in a direct war Once committed he was unwavering in his support Hart does not treat de Valera or his motivations favorable After reading the book I found myself firmly on the side of Collins against de Valera in their political separation The Dev comes across as a smarter but opportunistic and less altruistic man than Collins Given Hart s aspersions on Collins character throughout the book that is saying something In the end the radical elements that both men helped to put into power became uncontrollable by them The remainder of the twentieth century saw Ireland emerge as an ambitious politically independent and vibrant country One can only wonder if there was a less bloody path and whether the decisions of these two men could have changed events had they ultimately chosen to work together


10 thoughts on “Mick The Real Michael Collins

  1. says:

    Michael Collins has become a mythological figure He rose to prominence was among the leading cadre of politicians that established an independent Irish Republic in the twentieth century To be sure there are facts

  2. says:

    Those interested in a purely stoical and factual approach to the subject of Michael Collins' legacy in the IRBIRA are strongly cautioned to read the introduction to this book in the store before purchasing itWhat is evident from the very outset is that the author Peter Hart seeks to discount on some levels the lasting effect of C

  3. says:

    A new critical biography of Michael Collins is long overdue This isn't it This is one of the most poorly written

  4. says:

    The story of Michael Collins in Irish history is replete with hagiography and embellishment He is cast as an iconic figure with few if any faults Peter Hart's biography puts paid to that view Hart takes the reader from Collins youth through his death examining each era in his life defined by the significant shifts in his a

  5. says:

    There are few people in modern Irish history who loom larger than Michael Collins The Big Fellow who than any other individual is credited with winning independence for Ireland In a matter of a few short years he

  6. says:

    A solid account of a figure shrouded in mystiue myth and legend especially for someone like myself living in the state he had a major hand in creating where the school history books tended to display him in the light of a br

  7. says:

    I finally finished Mick The Real Michael Collins by Peter Hart which I began almost exactly one year ago My attraction to this book was my obvious admiration of Collins and the opportunity to read a new biography there have been many

  8. says:

    I appreciate this book for its research Two issues I have are both with Hart First it appears to be his intent to reduce Collins' position in history by using factual research then injecting uestion into situations alluded to by the 'evidence' This served to cheapen the discussion by saying things along the lines of 'cou

  9. says:

    This being the first Michael Collins biography that I have read I cannot attest to its superiority over its predecessors but I can say that this is one well written and thorough look at the life and actions of Michael CollinsThe author attempts to look at Mick as a man and not some legendary character out of Irish myth A man has f

  10. says:

    The book doesn't grab me It makes assumptions that I know a heap of Irish history' the author makes historical references that he assumes are general knowledge It also wasn't moving fast enough for me to keep it up The book cover is g

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