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Mick The Real Michael Collins

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 A new critical biography of Michael Collins is long overdue This isn't it This is one of the most poorly written books I have read in a long time It is laden with innuendo and speculation In a typical passage Hart proceeds to say there is no information about Collins and prostitution and then make the case that almost assuredly used themWe have very little to speculate with on the subject of Collins and what he might or might not have got up to on the streets of London or Dublin but we should not dismiss the possibilities out of hand Republicanism was not the opposite of sex despite its hyper respectable self image It had its secret liaisons and its bohemian fringes as in the Plunketts' Larkfield commune His pals in London weren't choirboys either and nor was he Frank O'Connor felt that Collins was too 'shrewd' whatever that means to pay for sex but it may have been pretty difficult to get otherwise Nor would it have been out of character for swear' drinkin; and smokin' Mick Collins to try another temptation 343Ignore the bad writing ignore the baseless innuendo and you're still left one of the most poorly argued uasi historical biographies you'll ever find Hart's central thesis that Collins was indelibly marked by his experience as a clerk in London is highly suspect It hardly comports with the facts even as Hart fudges them His conclusions that anyone of his circle could have 'been Michael Collins' is to say anyone could have been Washington Lincoln Napoleon Garibaldi or Mandela Don't bother with this 426 page piece of drivel

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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 Doctor Who power Mick reveals a man of often ruthless ambition An Affair with My Mother 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 Peppa Pig 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 Dot.Homme 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 The West (3rd Edition) paints a generally The Maddest Idea (Revolution at Sea positive The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running portrait of this great man

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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 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 brave warrior and master of subterfuge The reality of a mediocre but dedicated hard working and shrewd accountant bureaucrat and politician was slightly jarring but made far sense in context than the picture of a Cú Chulainn esue figure I had previously thought him to be moving rapidly across the country during the War of Independence to rouse the flying columns and guerillas to battle against the British occupiers rather than a man with little control over an organization he himself had given autonomy to in reforming the Volunteers not conducting the war itself but giving advice oft times from his various offices in the capitalHart gives the lie to the notion of Collins as a messianic predestined sort of character born to do the things he did and with a natural aptitude for the roles he played fated to be a big figure in Ireland's history from the beginning Instead he tells us of what was acknowledged by many as his unwelcome overbearance throughout his life not especially aiming for any roles of leadership until after the 1916 rising and his stint in prison two things that would open up a new world for him and lead him down the path to becoming the figure we all know today still a sort of household name even a century later


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 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


  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 Collins and his work on the Irish republican movement While his intentions are at first objective glance not entirely pernicious the constant injection of his opinion and perspective eventually eclipses the narrative of Collins' life and the book stagnates into an almost adolescent frustration with the figure's mythical statusWhat's good here is the sober approach to an oft canonized historical figure What's bad here is that it always floats just above reveling in derision of him Either way this is by no means a balanced and unbiased portrait of the Collins It is as slanted as the numerous works that deify him and clearly written in a reactionary attitude towards such pre existing works The introduction sees fit to detail several biographies the author finds wanting in just this exact mannerOn its own merits it is an exciting narrative if you can get around the author's clearly antagonistic voice The latter half of the story detailing the signing of the Anglo Irish treaty is especially compelling and redeems the greater part of the book However I purchased this book for education on the man and his tactics the portrait of the former clearly had ulterior interests and the portrait of the latter was omitted almost entirely


  3. says:

    A new critical biography of Michael Collins is long overdue This isn't it This is one of the most poorly written books I have read in a long time It is laden with innuendo and speculation In a typical passage Hart proceeds to say there is no information about Collins and prostitution and then make the case that almost assuredly used themWe have very little to speculate with on the subject of Collins and what he might or might not have got up to on the streets of London or Dublin but we should not dismiss the possibilities out of hand Republicanism was not the opposite of sex despite its hyper respectable self image It had its secret liaisons and its bohemian fringes as in the Plunketts' Larkfield commune His pals in London weren't choirboys either and nor was he Frank O'Connor felt that Collins was too 'shrewd' whatever that means to pay for sex but it may have been pretty difficult to get otherwise Nor would it have been out of character for swear' drinkin; and smokin' Mick Collins to try another temptation 343Ignore the bad writing ignore the baseless innuendo and you're still left one of the most poorly argued uasi historical biographies you'll ever find Hart's central thesis that Collins was indelibly marked by his experience as a clerk in London is highly suspect It hardly comports with the facts even as Hart fudges them His conclusions that anyone of his circle could have 'been Michael Collins' is to say anyone could have been Washington Lincoln Napoleon Garibaldi or Mandela Don't bother with this 426 page piece of drivel


  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 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


  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 emerged from the ranks of the Republican movement to become one of the key figures in the struggle against British rule His early death as a result of an ambush in the subseuent civil war gave him the aura of a lost leader laden with the possibilities of what might have been In this book Peter Hart seeks to penetrate beneath the many legends surrounding Collins in order to get at the truth behind this famous figureFaced with the stories and misconceptions about Collins's life many of which were of his own making Hart bases his narrative on the extensive documentary evidence about his subject's life The Collins that emerges is not a great guerrilla warrior but a master administrator one whose organizational abilities and work ethic were both the keys to his rise and his great contribution to victory These skills were the product of his years in London where he worked as a postal clerk and spent his free time in various Irish social organizations His subseuent rise through the ranks of the Irish revolutionary leadership was aided by the loss of the top leadership in the aftermath of the Dublin rising in 1916 The loss of most of the senior leadership created opportunities that Collins exploited to the fullest gaining positions of authority in which his managerial talent ensured a flow of money supplies and most critically intelligence to the members of the IRA in the fieldHart's achievement in uncovering the real Michael Collins from the layers of myth that built up over the years is impressive providing a truer assessment of his role in Irish independence than any previous biography His detective work on Collins's time in London is especially exemplary here illuminating a part of his subject's life often overshadowed by his subseuent achievements People seeking the Collins of legend would be better off watching Neil Jordan's hagiographic depiction but for those wanting to discover the true Michael Collins this is the book to read


  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 brave warrior and master of subterfuge The reality of a mediocre but dedicated hard working and shrewd accountant bureaucrat and politician was slightly jarring but made far sense in context than the picture of a Cú Chulainn esue figure I had previously thought him to be moving rapidly across the country during the War of Independence to rouse the flying columns and guerillas to battle against the British occupiers rather than a man with little control over an organization he himself had given autonomy to in reforming the Volunteers not conducting the war itself but giving advice oft times from his various offices in the capitalHart gives the lie to the notion of Collins as a messianic predestined sort of character born to do the things he did and with a natural aptitude for the roles he played fated to be a big figure in Ireland's history from the beginning Instead he tells us of what was acknowledged by many as his unwelcome overbearance throughout his life not especially aiming for any roles of leadership until after the 1916 rising and his stint in prison two things that would open up a new world for him and lead him down the path to becoming the figure we all know today still a sort of household name even a century later


  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 before Although I was excited I was also wary because this book was supposed to take a not very flattering look at Collins' life I found this to be true as Hart attempted to look through the praise and hero worship that has accompanied Collins since his untimely death in 1922 Hart in several places goes too far interjecting spite and taking the opposite position just to stir things upI can say one good thing about the effect the book has had on me though if I had not been reading this book I would never have chosen the topic I did for my final university history paper and broken new ground in the canon of Collins literature Overall I found it to be very informative and an exciting read this is probably due to the fact that this is the first Collins biography that I have read cover to cover and there were many things that I learned for the first time Despite all of Hart's best efforts I still find myself a devotee of Michael Collins maybe even than before and for that reason I would recommend this book to anyone interested


  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 'could he have been gay? He spent a lot of time with men you draw your own conclusion' I don't think that has a place in biography Finally Hart makes his most harsh judgment in the final paragraphs of the conclusion saying that greatness is only coupled with 'moral stature' I suppose if Hart has decided to take an intrinsically pure philosophical definition of greatness in the final paragraph of his book it could be a reasonable assertion I think Collins would have said something along the lines of it being gobshite and he wouldn't be wrong either True greatness isn't a concept to inject in the discourse so late as measure of Collins As far as I'm concerned greatness achieved Collins is the prototype Cincinnatus who rises to the occasion and takes advantage of his circumstances and does for the greater good


  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 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


  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 great but it needs to move faster


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