3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Honest book, gorgeous illustrations, but could be better,
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This review is from: Easter Rising 1916: Birth of the Irish Republic (Campaign) (Paperback)
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.