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British Spies and Irish Rebels: British Intelligence and Ireland, 1916-1945
British Spies and Irish Rebels: British Intelligence and Ireland, 1916-1945
by Paul McMahon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £75.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb achievement, 7 Dec. 2010
This book is an absolutely superb piece of research , writing, and storytelling. McMahon has compiled and narrated a prodigious amount of information on the British intelligence system from 1916 until the end of World War II. Although, as the title of the book implies, the book addresses both the British and Irish sides of the intelligence picture in Ireland during those years, in my opinion it is also an unequaled account of internal Irish politics and an admirably recounted tale of the evolution of the IRA, especially until about 1939. If I had to comapre it to any books I have read in the past five or ten years, I would say that the depth of research and the ability to put everything into a coherent, logically flowing format is on a level with Rick Atkinson's monumental work on World War II. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in intelligence operations in general, in British intelligence organization and operations specifically, and to anyone who is interested in Irish history.


Civil War in Kerry: Defending the Republic
Civil War in Kerry: Defending the Republic
by Tom Doyle
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterful job of research, 10 Mar. 2009
For anyone interested in the Irish Civil War of 1922, especially of the situation and operations in Kerry, this book is a must. Tom Doyle has presented the war in Kerry in unrivaled detail; he seems to have covered the activities of just about everyone who participated in the fighting there on a day-to-day basis. This book should appeal to anyone with Irish ancestors from Kerry, for those generally interested in the Irish Civil War, and for anyone doing serious research into the period.


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