A review by Kevin Kiely

The Twelve Apostles: Michael Collins, the Squad and Ireland’s fight for freedom

by Tim Pat Coogan

 
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A vivid, pacy account of a bloody episode in Irish History

Michael Collins operated a war policy whereby ‘shooting was a disagreeable necessity to be used with discrimination’ but the ‘Squad’, his élite unit, did not ‘always conform to a doctrine of minimum force’. As a kind of Scarlet Pimpernel, Collins fits graphic history or a True Life Drama series, yet he remains a legend and enigma beyond understanding. He cannot be unraveled by research or contemporary accounts: such is the myth, the man, the escapades and the tragedy. Academic analysis is useless in trying to ‘explain’ the life. […]

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March/April 2017 (issue no.372) 


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