When the Irish nationalist Michael Collins signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921, he observed to Lord Birkenhead that he may have signed his own death warrant. In August 1922 that prophecy came true when Collins was ambushed, shot and killed by a compatriot, but his vision and legacy lived on.
This biography presents the life of a man whose idealistic vigour and determination were matched by his political realism and organizational abilities.
British/Irish edition (cover on left) published by Arrow Books
US edition (cover on right) published as 'Michael Collins: The Man Who Made Ireland' by Palgrave Macmillan
In 2006, the Irish Independent launched its Great Biographies collection with Tim Pat Coogan's profile of Michael Collins.
"A timely and courageous book." - John McGahern, Sunday Times
"There have been several other lives of Collins, but none has assembled such wealth of detail." - Independent on Sunday
"A lively and colourful adventure story with a fascinating, yet recognisably human, hero." - Dublin Sunday Press
"The events described in this book can usefully be learned from by those who govern Ireland now." - Financial Times
"A rivetting, moving read, which puts a human face on one of the giants of recent Irish history." - Irish Independent