Genre: Nonfiction, History, Ireland
Original Publication Date: 2011
Read: 27 May – 16 Jun 2016
Summary: Using the first hand accounts collected by the Irish government, Fearghal McGarry brings together a narrative that tells the story of the 1916 Easter Rising. From the men’s perspectives leading up to the Rising, the confusion of the event itself, and the story of the Irish as they dealt with the aftermath, the narrative presented by McGarry is easy to follow and insightful.
Review: I happened to be in Ireland during the 2016 celebrations of the 1916 Rising, even though I had no idea what it was about. So, I borrowed this book from my housemate and set out to educate myself. The look into the men’s perspectives was a great way to present a story that probably would have bored me otherwise. It reminded me a lot of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History of the United States. Although I did frequently skip over the identifying information of the people whose stories were collected in this volume, I appreciated that it was not a researcher looking back and telling me about what happened in 1916, but the men who were involved (and, occasionally, women!).
Recommendation: If you’re interested in history, especially if you’re interested in first-hand accounts, I highly recommend this book.
Edition Publication Date: 2012
Edition ISBN: 9780141041278