Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Assassination of Michael Collins: What Happened at Béal na mBláth? Paperback – November 15, 2013
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
About the Author
A lecturer in history and social anthropology, S M Sigerson has been active in NGOs, community groups, and electoral politics, through life. Since the 1970s, the author has devoted on-going in-depth study to the subject of secretive interference in lawful political activity, including politically-motivated killings. Eleven years’ intensive research went into the preparation of this book, including first-hand acquaintance with places, people and culture connected with Collins' life and times. This is the first author to approach the enigma of Collins' fate, armed with this unique range of experience.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $0.99 (Save 80%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I had heard of Michael Collins before reading The Assassination of Michael Collins: What Happened at Béal na mBláth? but did not know the full extent of his truly fascinating story. The focus of this nonfiction work is the death of this enigmatic historical figure, but Sigerson wisely realizes that to achieve a wider audience she must preface the story with an introduction to its main character. My Dad upon finishing this deeply researched piece of non-fiction called me. “Is this true?” he asked, “It’s like a Dateline mystery!” Sigerson doesn’t sensationalize the case instead chooses to present the evidence and allow readers to draw their own logical conclusions.
Thankfully for this reader and my father, Sigerson lays out the political climate and historical backdrop of the time in a way that is easy to follow. The notes section at the end of the book features a list of 285 references to aid those of us not so familiar with the personality or the case. In the Kindle edition, it was easy to click back and forth and this extra gem fleshed out the case while reading. If you are not familiar with Collins, his life or his death, you will have the information to enjoy this work of nonfiction at hand and may even want to look further into the life of this influential, historical figure.
The Assassination of Michael Collins: What Happened at Béal na mBláth? was beautifully written and credibly presented. There are no answers, but there are bigger questions raised and ideas put forth to question what likely generations of Irish schoolchildren have learned as a fact. If you’re a history buff or a mystery lover, you’ll enjoy reading The Assassination of Michael Collins: What Happened at Béal na mBláth?.
One difficulty of the book is that Irish politics were so extraordinarily complicated before, during, and after the Great War. It makes me think of Syria today. A comprehensive account of the people and parties involved in Ireland's effort to achieve home rule may lie beyond the capacity of any book on Irish politics, but tracking names of politicians, military leaders, schemers, factions, causes, affiliations, and assassins - on the Irish side as well as the opposing British side - is a job. A glossary of all these items could help readers maintain clarity about the back story.
As an introduction to the murky world of the Irish revolution against British power, this book offers an excellent account.