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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent historic reading. About a tragic and superb time
Excellent. Well written and at a nice steady pace that kept you interested
A1 highly reccomend this plus Annies other book
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bureau of Millitary History Archive
This book is based on the wonderful collection of first hand account of the rising and the Irish War of Independence held in the Irish Military Archives (a brilliant archive that is sadly underfunded). Ryan has taken a good selection of accounts and anyone who would like to learn more should read Charles Townsends book Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion. Max Caulfield's...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bureau of Millitary History Archive, 2 May 2008
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This book is based on the wonderful collection of first hand account of the rising and the Irish War of Independence held in the Irish Military Archives (a brilliant archive that is sadly underfunded). Ryan has taken a good selection of accounts and anyone who would like to learn more should read Charles Townsends book Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion. Max Caulfield's book The Easter Rebellion is also an excellent source of first hand accounts.

In reply to the last reviewer there was a lot of the debate about DeV actions but these didn't come to light really until the 1960s when Caulfields book came out and so was outside the timeframe of when the records Ryan used were collected in the 40s and 50s. Sadly, DeValera never left an account of the rising, believing that everything he would have to say had already been covered by other writers, certianly his account would have been useful.

Over all this book is a useful tool for anyone interested in learning about the rising through the eyes of the perticipants.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent historic reading. About a tragic and superb time, 23 May 2014
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Excellent. Well written and at a nice steady pace that kept you interested
A1 highly reccomend this plus Annies other book
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great reference to that proud week, 14 July 2005
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Between the 1940s and 50s, taped conversations were taken by the Buero of Military History of people who had taken part in the 1916 riseing. The wait for the release of these conversations was long, haveing to wait untill the last witness had died. Now the whole world can get an inside view of what happened Easter Week. While Ryans acctual contribution isn't much, only needing to take down the words comeing off of the tape, she has picked a very good selection of accounts from some of the princable surviveing figures who were well situated during the riseing.
Either reflectioning the fact that he was in power through most of the time these interviews were being taken, indeed gave one himself, or perhaps a view into Ms. Ryans political leanings, I was dissapointed to see that there was nothing on the controversal role played by Eamonn De Valera. Nothing on claims Dev had a break down, or the controversy that arouse when he claimed credit for raiseing a tri-colour on a structure away from where his men were stationed, takeing artillery fire away from them. Still it is a great book, but only to someone who has allready read up on the riseing. It is most certinely not a starting point. 1916: the easter rising by Tim Pat Googan, recently published, is a good place to start
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