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Michael Collins and the Anglo-Irish War: Britain's Counterinsurgency Failure Hardcover – October 1, 2011
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J. B. E. Hittle is a thirty-one-year veteran of U.S. intelligence, including initial service as a military intelligence analyst and later service as a senior clandestine operations officer. He is an expert on insurgency, counterinsurgency, low-intensity conflict, counterterrorism, and counterproliferation. He received his MA in modern European history from Louisiana State University, where his research focused on the polemics of Irish Marxist James Connolly.
Michelle Van Cleave is the former U.S. counterintelligence executive and a senior fellow, National War College.
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The British thought of and treated the Irish like slaves. They try to transplant themselves there and steal from the Catholics they turned into peasants. The British expected them to fight their wars they got involved in almost every 10 years. They tried to force them to abandon their Religion and Language. Kind of like the US treated Native Ameticans. Instead they got beat at their own game and were forced to the peace table. They hated Catholic Irish and still tried to hold onto a quarter of the Ireland with their transplanted Protesants for most of the 20th Century.
They were beat by a Man who had little education but with great intelligence. The British ruled Ireland with spies and traitors. Collins beat them at their own game. I personally think you can trace almost every war and problem in the 20th Century back to the British empire. Hopefully this world will never see another Empire like Great Britian.
The book is well written and includes a slew of interesting notes.
That's not necessarily a bad thing; but if you read his introduction and expect the latter you'll be surprised. Whether or not that's a disappointment will be a matter of your preferences.
I would also like to point out that if you don't read his end notes (on the Kindle they're endnotes, I don't know what they are in the print version) you will miss a lot of the information. Many of the end notes are explanatory, and add significant context to what you've read, sometimes embellishing a story or sometimes defining a term used in the body of the text so you know what's being talked about. Hittle sometimes uses jargon ("dangle," for instance) and his meaning isn't always clear.
I would also like to add, as a Kindle user who clicks on notes regularly, this book's notes are coded in the most wonderful way. Typically when you advance the cursor to a line with a note, you then have to curse right (or left) to get to the note. In this book, you simply have to advance one click past the line (after moving down the page) and the cursor automatically goes to the note. Very easy, and especially valuable when the notes are so often "speaking" notes.
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