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This was a great book on the events of the uprising, giving a thorough day-by-day account of events. What little I previously knew about the uprising was from a friend's rendition of The Ballad of James Larkin. (There's a nice Dubliners version of it on youtube) The book also included some good photos. However, Agony at Easter was pretty lacking in any analysis of causes or aftermath, so I will have to do a lot more reading if I'm going to understand this part of Irish history. Having the ...more
It’s all Zac’s fault. My neighbor’s friend from Ireland started talking about Irish history a few weeks ago so, faced with something I knew little about, I followed the time-honored librarian’s tradition and found a book about it. The book itself reads as fiction rather than non-fiction, which makes it much easier to follow. I had to keep reminding myself that these were real men, not the product of somebody’s imagination. A lot of the tactical maneuvers were lost on me, but the humanity of the ...more
Well documented Irish history of the 1916 Easter Rising. The facts come form newspapers and personal letters and some details I had never heard before like the mention of "shawlies" who tried to storm the Post Office when it was taken over by Irish Rebels, convinced the rebels were trying to keep them from their paychecks owed to them from sons and husbands who were fighting in WWI. Well worth the read if you like Irish history