Monday, August 19, 2013

Request For I.R.A. Reading List

From: Rocky Raccoon
Sent: Sunday, August 18, 2013 11:14 PM
Subject: Request for IRA reading list.

In one of the podcast episodes HAC states a reading list can be requested regarding IRA activity.

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Okay, quick and off the top of my head: the first author you need to leap to or and check out is an Irish historian and biographer called Tim Pat Coogan. He is kind of Ireland’s official contemporary historian for this kind of thing. For those of you who just want the basics, you need to get three books by Coogan, probably in this order: 

The I.R.A.
Michael Collins (biography)
Eamon De Valera (biography) 

These are three big, thick books, and will give you most of the essential facts. If you are still fascinated by it all, try: 

The Irish War of Independence by Michael Hopkinson  (very good, definitive work on 1916-1921 period) 
 My Fight For Ireland’s Freedom by Dan Breen (former commandant, West Cork Flying Column) 
On Another Man’s Wound by Ernie O’Malley 
Falls Road Memories by Gerry Adams

Being Americans, you will probably get bored with books and want movies. Try: 

Michael Collins 
The Wind That Shakes The Barley
50 Dead Men Walking 
Cal (virtually unobtainable in the U.S.) 
Harry’s Game (ditto, I think) 
The Devil’s Own 

That ought to hold you for a while.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anthony Alcock's Understanding Ulster is a bit hard to get ahold of on this side of the Pond, but it's a good look at the other side of the fight. And I should mention that my go-to guy on matters Irish considers Coogan highly unreliable.

10:58 PM  
Blogger The Old Man said...

Try the Hopkinson book. I'm starting on another one now, a biography of Michael Collins from the spook side.

8:21 AM  

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