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5.0 out of 5 stars An insider's account of the Irish War of Independence, 16 Nov. 2007
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Christopher Dalton "CCD" (Oxford, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a short and now rare book published in 1929. It is a first-hand account of the events of the Irish War of Independence written by a young man who was in his early teens when he volunteered to join the Dublin Brigade led by, among others, Michael Collins.

Charlie Dalton grew up very fast in exciting and dangerous times. He grew closer to Collins' inner circle and was among those identified as the Apostles. In plain, under-stated language, Dalton tells the story of those years in a way that allows the reader often to read between the lines.

At the time of publication, this would have been fairly difficult reading both for those in the UK government and among the many factions of Irish political allegiance around the Treaty of 1921.

The author was my Grandfather, which made reading the book all the more interesting, but I believe that anyone getting hold of a copy will enjoy reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating tale of a Dublin schoolboy who became a spy during the Irish Revolution., 10 April 2014
Charles Dalton’s story of his service in a ring of spies and assassins during Ireland’s revolutionary years is a fascinating historical classic. It is a wonderful tale, simply told that throws light on the mysterious ways of Michael Collins and his secret agents.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unputdownable book, 20 Mar. 2014
This review is from: With the Dublin Brigade: Espionage and Assassination with Michael Collins' Intelligence Unit (Hardcover)
For anyone interested in Irish history or those who just love a good story well told this is the book for them.
Hard to top the recommendation of the late great short story writer Frank O'Connor who deemed this book 'a literary gem' when it was first published.
Anyone interested in genealogy and researching their Irish family roots would find the first-hand account of the climate in Ireland in the early 1900s very useful for setting the scene for their own family tree.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Myers hated this book, 22 Jun. 2014
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And that is good enough for me. My granddad was with the ASU and he said it was one of the few realistic memoirs to come from the war of independence. I like the fact it was written so soon after the events, not a romantic look back from the safety of the mid fifties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Literary Gem, 19 Mar. 2014
This review is from: With the Dublin Brigade: Espionage and Assassination with Michael Collins' Intelligence Unit (Hardcover)
First published in 1929, this wonderful book is an eye-witness account by a teenage volunteer in the Dublin Brigade led by Michael Collins. Against a background of danger and revolution, D'Alton became part of Collins' inner circle, known as the Apostles. .

A wonderful read and a must for fans of Irish political history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 19 Aug. 2014
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An interesting account of Charles Dalton's exploits during the War of Independence. His eyewitness recounting of Bloody Sunday is particularly good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dublin Brigade .,a day of reconning !, 19 Oct. 2014
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An excellent read , well compiled & put together , always finding out something new in this crucial time of Irish history !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 22 Mar. 2015
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Very good, well worth the read...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Sept. 2014
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