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The Rising: Ireland: Easter 1916

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  11 reviews
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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Edward Sullivan
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.
A little dull in terms of writing, but it is full of information. It is also quite detailed and includes discussions about the various uses of the historical event.
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Mitchell Kaufman
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Eugene McGlone
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An excellent work to add insight into the events that shaped Ireland in the early 20th century. The narrative is taken directly from the mouths and testimonies of the combatants.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Diane Depew
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Margaret Sankey
New history of the 1916 Easter Rising, focusing on the creation and organization of the separatist movement, using a huge stash of Irish Bureau of Military History archival documents unavailable until 2003.
Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent treatment of the witness statements of 1916. Stories that show the real human element to one of the most seminal periods of Irish history. A most read for anyone interested in the 1916 Rising.
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