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on 8 June 2013
This book, although the chapters appear bite sized in the contents, is a comprehensive and detailed look at acts that constituted terror during our struggle for independence and the Civil War. It breaks down these times through painstaking research, figures and testimonies and relates them to the result of terror. It focuses not just on the numbers of dead or money lost, but also on the very real emotional impact the fighting had on both sides and the people caught in between. A number of contributors were specially commissioned for the book, so no one author is responsible for the entire set of chapters. That means this turbulent time in our history is examined from a number of angles and written in different styles.

However one thing that is consistent throughout is the academic nature of the book. It contains many facts and figures and is enhanced by illustrations, maps and charts.
A great book if you intend to study this period or have an already good knowledge of it.

David Fitzpatrick is Professor of Modern History at Trinity College, Dublin. His most recent book is Solitary and Wild: Frederick MacNeice and the Salvation of Ireland, also published by The Lilliput Press in 2012.

As reviewed in the May 2013 issue of An Cosantóir (The Defender) The Irish Defence Forces Magazine by Cpl Paul Millar - dfmagazine.ie - military.ie
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on 2 September 2013
This is a difficult subject for those who cling to the illusions of the past. In order to be published at all a book which questions those illusions has to be well written and very well researched. This is a book worth reading.
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on 1 October 2013
A great book
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on 29 May 2012
Wonderful series of essays by historians at the top of their game. In particular the "Kilmichael" and "Bloody Sunday" contributions are especially chilling and fascinating.

Its a wonderful concept to have different hisorians offer their own take on this turbulent era of history, all the essays stand alone in their own right though the book still holds together very well as a narrative

The vindication of Peter Hart is delivered in factual prose in the piece on Kilmichael, what I like about this essay is that its plain the author has no axe to grind and just wants to establish the facts.

The myth of Bloody Sunday as well is exposed with mini bios of all the victims, some of whom its clear were not intelligence agents, also it includes details of all the people killed including civilian bystanders.

It really is a golden era for Irish History writing, Peter Hart would be justifably proud of this earnest excellent book that is dedicated to his memory.
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on 3 September 2012
This is quite a poor book. In essence, much of it is concerned with justifying Hart's lies. We now have definitive proof that Hart was extremely estranged from the truth, to say the least. It's a pity that people still continue to defend him.
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on 4 August 2012
This book, edited by Peter Hart's doctoral supervisor, is, with two or three exceptions, a poor collection of selectively researched articles. Fitzpatrick himself goes through a series of painfully executed acrobatics to vindicate his wayward protege, though, thankfully, he doesn't, like Hart, fabricate evidence - he just ignores it.
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