Pull up a chair and get yerself a cup of tea, this is going to take a while....cal michael said:Can you elaborate a little?
He didn't exactly shallow whole the concept that the Irish revolutionaries over the years were a bunch of ungrateful wretches who were blind to the benefits being within the bosom of the wonderful British Empire.cal michael said:
fair point, but more intelligent, analysed, better researched and methodical you would be hard pressed to find than Coogan's worksanmajornarthainig said:He`s pretty good, Cal Michael, but, like Every historian you have to watch what he writes. He certainly wears his heart on his sleeve. He could have a tattoo with Collins good, Dev bad written on it.
If one was to read his Eamon de Valera book alone they would say no, his book on 20th Century Ireland is also very flawed. It is riddled with mistakes one which comes to mind is, he claims Ian Paisley threw snow balls at Lemass' car. It was in fact Jack Lynch's car he threw them at. He also at points in the same book makes minor apologies for his errors in the de Valera book. The end point he is a journalist and at that was a good one, as a historical source I would not rate him in any shape or form.
Not really. Gets his facts wrong frequently ... also incorrect dates, names and spellings. Very blind spot on Gaelic culture and the Irish language. Let's his anti-Dev, pro-Collins bias infect everything he writes.cal michael said:
I wouldnt think so. I think Ryle Dwyer is the most balanced historian there is at present. He gives the best summation of deV I have read.But wouldnt his analysis of dev being a power driven populist egotist not be correct though?
Not really. Gets his facts wrong frequently ... also incorrect dates, names and spellings. Very blind spot on Gaelic culture and the Irish language. Let's his anti-Dev, pro-Collins bias infect everything he writes.Boss Croker said:[quote="cal michael":2azfj0tq]Is he a reliable source from which one could educate themselves?
Neeson's book on the Civil War is some achievement, it's very detailed and is some of the most objective writing i've come across from a historian.Boss Croker said:Eoin Neeson is a far better guide through the period 1916 - 23.