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The Rising: Ireland: Easter 1916
Based on a recently released trove of over 1,700 eye-witness statements, this gripping volume tells the story of the Easter Rising as seen through the eyes of the rebels themselves, capturing in crisp, unflinching detail what the nascent Irish revolution actually felt like. As it chronicles the activities of members of Sinn Fein, the Irish Republican Brotherhood, Cumann na ...more
Paperback, 365 pages
Published September 5th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 1st 2010)
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Feb 29, 2016 Edward Sullivan rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Not as comprehensive or compellingly written as Charles Townshend's history of the Easter Rising but McGarry's book focuses on particular dimensions that certainly make it important and worthwhile reading on the subject. Includes an excellent collection of suggested further reading.
I have read many books about the Easter Rising, but the interesting part of this book was that McGarry concentrated on public opinion instead of on the military and leadership aspects. He also went into detail about the rising, and how it was both portrayed (and fought) outside of Dublin, which very few books go into. It challenges many of the popular perceptions of the Rising (in ways both for and against those who particpated), and the final section in which McGarry speculates on the effects o ...more
Very readable account of Ireland's 1916 Rising. The motivations and decisions of the leaders of the rebellion and their opposition (both in England and within Ireland) are discussed but most of the emphasis is on the thoughts and feelings of the regular people involved. Good use of interviews of witnesses and participants made by the Bureau of Military History back in the 1940s but only recently released. Well worth reading if you're interested in this subject.
McGarry tells a compelling story, based on many first-hand accounts of the 1916 Easter rebellion in Dublin He also discusses why it was doomed to failure but ultimately led to the creation of the modern day Irish Republic.
Excellent details of the Rising as viewed through the eyes and words of those who lived it. McGarry's goal is to show why the participants did what they did, using archives of contemporary interviews. He does not try to slant the story to a particular viewpoint, but lets the narrative flow of its own accord.
This book's key feature is that it's one of the first major studies to utilize the Bureau of Military History's 1947 compilation of personal witness/participant accounts of the Rising. To that extent, this is close to a must-read for understanding the Easter Rising as it was perceived "on the ground." The account quotations are competently (though not PARTICULARLY deftly) woven into a clear narrative of the Rising and a discussion of its members' motivations. The author is benignly inclined towa ...more
This is the first book I've read on the Easter Rising. For me, the author did an excellent job explaining the steps the Irish took at the turn of the 20th century to maintain their cultural identity, as well as the various organizations that developed in part to promote that identity. It was also very interesting how the rising was timed to take advantage of the British being primarily focused in WWI with some of the Irish leadership lobbying Germany for support.