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The Real Michael Collins seems a lot less interesting
on 3 January 2008
Having garnered controversay in his debates with Meda Ryan, Hart sets out to do the same again by painting Collins as an unimportant, disliked power grabber whos acheivements (which Hart thinks little of) could have been accomplished by any of the few thousand men involved in the struggle at the time.
In the introduction Hart sets out to create a completely researched work which will become the starting place for all future Collins research. The first chapter on Collins's childhood is mainly a re-hashing of Tim Pat Coogans work, before adding the only new material in the book, Micks time in England in various financial institutions and his carear in the GAA, which to my knowledge has never been invistigated in any previous biographies. At this stage I would recommend the reader to put the book down. From here on in he goes back to re-hashing Coogan as well as adding his own side, sometimes snide, comments, such as reffering to Collins and Boland as "Bakers in Chief" when they sent a cake to de Valera with a key in it when in Lincon Jail. Hart seems to be of the openion that people who read the book are more interested in him and his "witty" remarks as apposed to Collins. He is sadly mistaken.
I would only recomend it for the second and third chapters, and then just bearly.