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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; Second Impression edition (27 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846030676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846030673
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.6 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 554,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The 1916 rebellion is... given new life and meaning in an overview which links early events to modern Irish culture." -"California Bookwatch" (July 2007)

"Michael McNally does a superlative job of telling both the origins of the campaign as well as the events of the days that followed... All of this is superbly illustrated by Peter Denis who brings some of the more important events to life. This is further enhanced by period photos and superb maps and diagrams. Little know outside the British Isles, this is a fascinating read that I can highly recommend to you." -Scott Van Aken, "modelingmadness.com" (May 2007)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 Jun 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a well-written and informative book. It covers all the salient points of the campaign, while giving enough of the small details for wargamers to construct scenarios. The colour illustrations are good and cover interesting aspects of the battle, although everyone will have an opinion on what best deserved to be illustrated. The maps of battle for the city are excellent, but suffer from important details being ‘lost’ in the gutter between the pages – they should print them as two panels so the detail is not lost. The map of the British Isles showing the path of the British reinforcements should have been cropped down from the full British Isles, to just Ireland and the English Midlands, thus allowing for more space in Ireland, as it looks rather cramped. The Bibliography contains a good selection of books covering the campaign in greater depth, and looking at the more specialised aspects of it. I read a library copy.

For a good dramatic portrayal of the events, see the film Michael Collins [DVD] [1996].
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This is not a bad book. I do not regret that I bought it and I am happy that I read it. The story is rather well told and the colour plates are stunningly beautiful. But there are some reasons for which I can not give it five stars.

The first is that some fragments of the story were clearly cut in the editing and not replaced by at least one sentence - so there are "holes" in the story, which become apparent when we are surprised by something that was NOT signalled before.

The best example is the story of the Sherwood Foresters, who seemingly were shipped to Dublin thinking that they go to Northern France - the author do not mention it until they are walking to the fight in Dublin and there he makes it in such a way, as if we knew already all about it.

The same thing concerns the "Curragh Incident" - in no place it is explained WHY was this called Curragh Incident, considering that the good city of Curragh was seemingly not involved.

The beginning of the story is a little bit chaotic and you better have some previous knowledge of the events before reading it, because you will get lost in the events.

So - this is a honest book, but which was clearly very fast (too fast) edited. The author did a honest job, the editor didn't. Shame on you Osprey.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martin Francis on 29 May 2007
Format: Paperback
The author has done well in this book to balance the still emotive subject of Ireland's recent history,bringing out various elements of the events that played themselves out in 1916 of which I was entirely unaware, and which brought a 'new' International view to the subject.

Sometimes I did have the impression that there was an awful lot more to the story than the author was able to discuss in this book given it's relatively slim size, especially the whole subject of German involvement and a possible second front for the British to fight on in 1916, and I'd certainly like to see him write a more substantial volume sometime.
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Good book and informative. Easy to read and piece together the events of 1916.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Connolly on 1 Jan 2013
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The Easter Rising of 1916 in Dublin is an oft told story but its genesis and events can be confusing. This Osprey title provides a clear and well laid out introduction to the subject. It is especially good on illustrating where the rebels took their stand and the measures taken by the British to first contain them, then to squeeze them and finally to force them to surrender. The incompetence and complacency of the Authorities in allowing the situation to develop into an armed uprising is even now astonishing. The Rebels mounted a brave defence but their leadership was often fairly mediocre and the strategic thrust of the Rising and its tactical application was fatally flawed, betraying the lack of military experience. The British military response was efficient and once it became clear the Rising was essentially confined to Dublin, the outcome was inevitable. The rush to shoot the rebel leaders after perfunctory court martial trials may have been militarily justified but was politically disastrous. As so often in Irish history politicians in London were asleep at the wheel. The Rebels learnt many lessons from the Rising but the British Government had lost the initiative and were never to regain it.
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