By T. Ryle Dwyer
Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera have been the 2 such a lot charismatic leaders of the Irish revolution. This joint biography appears to be like first at their very assorted upbringings and early careers. either fought within the 1916 Easter emerging , even though it is nearly definite they didn't meet in the course of that tumultuous week. Their first stumble upon got here whilst Collins have been published from penitentiary after the emerging yet de Valera used to be nonetheless within. Collins used to be a kind of who desired to run a Sinn Féin candidate within the Longford by-election of 1917. De Valera and different leaders antagonistic this initiative however the Collins workforce went forward besides and the candidate received narrowly. The incident typified the connection among the 2 males: they have been drastically assorted in temperament and magnificence. however it was once accurately of their changes and contradictions that their fascination lay. De Valera, the political pragmatist, was hoping to safe independence via political agitation, while the formidable Collins, along with his stressed temperament and boundless power, used to be an impassioned patriot who believed in terror and assassination. T. Ryle Dwyer examines the years, 1917-22 throughout the twists and turns in their careers. In an epilogue, he considers the legacy of Collins on de Valera's political lifestyles.