James Connolly

  • Filename: james-connolly.
  • ISBN: 9781847176097
  • Release Date: 2013-10-01
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Lorcan Collins
  • Publisher: The O'Brien Press

James Connolly (1868-1916) became a leading Irish socialist and revolutionary, and was one of the leaders of Ireland's rebellion in 1916. As a youth he had served in the British army in Ireland and, seeing how they treated the local population, became hugely disillusioned with the British Army. He became involved in socialism in Scotland and was the driving force behind the creation of Ireland’s trade union movement. He was Commandant of the Dublin Brigade in the Easter Rising and, too injured to stand before the firing squad, was executed tied to a chair. Written in an entertaining, educational and assessible style, this biography is an accurate and well-researched portrayal of the man behind the uprising. Including the latest archival evidence, James Connolly is part of the Sixteen Lives series which looks at the events, lives and deeds of the sixteen men executed for their role in Ireland’s Easter 1916 Rising.

Revolutionary Lives

  • Filename: revolutionary-lives.
  • ISBN: 9781400874187
  • Release Date: 2015-11-24
  • Number of pages: 312
  • Author: Lauren Arrington
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press

Constance Markievicz (1868–1927), born to the privileged Protestant upper class in Ireland, embraced suffrage before scandalously leaving for a bohemian life in London and then Paris. She would become known for her roles as politician and Irish revolutionary nationalist. Her husband, Casimir Dunin Markievicz (1874–1932), a painter, playwright, and theater director, was a Polish noble who would eventually join the Russian imperial army to fight on behalf of Polish freedom during World War I. Revolutionary Lives offers the first dual biography of these two prominent European activists and artists. Tracing the Markieviczes' entwined and impassioned trajectories, biographer Lauren Arrington sheds light on the avant-garde cultures of London, Paris, and Dublin, and the rise of anti-imperialism at the turn of the twentieth century. Drawing from new archival material, including previously untranslated newspaper articles, Arrington explores the interests and concerns of Europeans invested in suffrage, socialism, and nationhood. Unlike previous works, Arrington's book brings Casimir Markievicz into the foreground of the story and explains how his liberal imperialism and his wife's socialist republicanism arose from shared experiences, even as their politics remained distinct. Arrington also shows how Constance did not convert suddenly to Irish nationalism, but was gradually radicalized by the Irish Revival. Correcting previous depictions of Constance as hero or hysteric, Arrington presents her as a serious thinker influenced by political and cultural contemporaries. Revolutionary Lives places the exciting biographies of two uniquely creative and political individuals and spouses in the wider context of early twentieth-century European history.

Patrick Pearse

  • Filename: patrick-pearse.
  • ISBN: 0716528355
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Ruth Dudley Edwards
  • Publisher:

There has always been argument about whether Pearse's leadership of the Easter Rising in 1916 represented a failure or a triumph. Pearse, who found himself on Easter Monday proclaimed President of the Provisional Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Army of the Republic, took on himself the most bitter of roles at the finish: he was the first to make the move to surrender - and he was the first to be executed. In this re-issued major biography Ruth Dudley Edwards has placed Patrick Pearse in his historical, political and cultural context: she discusses his involvement with the Gaelic League, his role as a military leader in the nationalist movement and his claims as a socialist. Her account of his life does full justice to the story, recording its irony, absurdity and courage. This book will do much to arouse fresh interest in Patrick Pearse; it is sympathetic, balanced, meticulously researched, and above all highly readable.

One Bullet Away

  • Filename: one-bullet-away.
  • ISBN: 0618773436
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Number of pages: 372
  • Author: Nathaniel Fick
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

An ex-Marine captain shares his story of fighting in a Recon battalion in Afghanistan and Iraq, beginning with his training at Quantico and following his experiences in the deadliest conflicts since the Vietnam War.

The Easter Rising

  • Filename: the-easter-rising.
  • ISBN: 086278638X
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 141
  • Author: Conor Kostick
  • Publisher: O'Brien Press

A vivid and entertaining guide to the events and locations of the Easter 1916 Rising. Defying all the odds 1600 men, women and children went out on 24 April, Easter Monday, 1916 to fight for an independent Ireland. The battle raged for six days and resulted in the destruction of many parts of Dublin city. The bloody executions of the leaders by the British after the Rising awakened a generation to the cause of Irish freedom. Vividly illustrated, this book takes you through the battle-torn streets of Dublin. Hear the sounds, smell the gunpowder and meet the main players, as the complexities of this dramatic episode in Irish history are explained in an accessible and concise fashion.

The Big Fellow

  • Filename: the-big-fellow.
  • ISBN: 0312182937
  • Release Date: 1998-02
  • Number of pages: 222
  • Author: Frank O'Connor
  • Publisher:

A probing and poetic narrative chronicles the life of the Irish revolutionary leader from his return from voluntary exile until his untimely death at the age of thirty-one

Women of the Irish Revolution

  • Filename: women-of-the-irish-revolution.
  • ISBN: 1781172056
  • Release Date: 2015-01-27
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Liz Gillis
  • Publisher: Mercier Press

Women of the Irish Revolution tells the story of the role that women played both directly and indirectly in the Irish revolution. These women were vital to the revolutionary movement. They were part of a generation who made a conscious decision to stand up for not only their rights, but also the rights of future generations, at a time when society viewed the role of women as that of mother and wife.

A Dublin Fairytale

  • Filename: a-dublin-fairytale.
  • ISBN: 1847177743
  • Release Date: 2015-09-17
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author: Nicola Colton
  • Publisher:

Once upon a time there was a little girl called Fiona who lived in Dublin. But Dublin is full of colourful characters and creatures from the fairytale realm. Often not seen or heard, they reside in some of Dublin's most famous locations and landmarks!


  • Filename: rebels.
  • ISBN: 9780307422941
  • Release Date: 2009-10-14
  • Number of pages: 560
  • Author: Peter De Rosa
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books

"A WORK OF GREAT DRAMATIC POWER climaxing in the final hundred pages where he writes a full, searing narrative of the patriot leaders' last days . . . It's powerful stuff." --The Sunday Press (Ireland) On Easter Monday of 1916, a thousand Irish men and women, armed with pikes and rifles, took over the center of Dublin and proclaimed a republic. It was a rash, doomed, symbolic uprising, and the rebel leaders knew it. Crack British troops killed and wounded hundreds of the rebels in the week of fighting, and British artillery shells left Dublin's city center in ruins. But the Rising of 1916 was not in vain. The short-lived insurrection and the subsequent executions of sixteen rebel leaders galvanized the Irish people. The overthrow of seven centuries of British rule in Ireland began on Easter Monday, 1916. In Rebels, Peter de Rosa, author of the bestselling Vicars of Christ, tells the story of the 1916 Rising in all its terror and beauty. With the dramatic flair of a novelist and the scrupulous accuracy of a professional historian, de Rosa brings to life the people, passions, politics, and repercussions of this historic event. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Sinn Fe n

  • Filename: sinn-fe-n.
  • ISBN: 0299186741
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Author: Brian Feeney
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

Sinn Féin ("ourselves alone") is one of the most controversial political movements in Ireland. Here, for the first time, is the complete story of the rise and fall—and rise again—of a party that repeatedly has reshaped its identity over the course of a hundred years, moving from dual monarchy to dual strategy—the gun and the ballot box. From Arthur Griffith to Gerry Adams, this is a roll-call of major personalities from Irish and British history and politics, including Eamon de Valera, Countess Constance Markievicz, David Lloyd George, Michael Collins, Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Cathal Goulding, Tomás MacGiolla, Margaret Thatcher, and Martin McGuinness. Now at the beginning of the twenty-first century, Sinn Féin seems poised to play a pivotal role in the Irish political arena, north and south, well into the future. Its place in history is still being written. Copublished with the O’Brien Press, Dublin. The Wisconsin edition is for sale only in North America and the Philippines.

Into the Grey

  • Filename: into-the-grey.
  • ISBN: 9780763674090
  • Release Date: 2014-08-26
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Celine Kiernan
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press

In a heart-pounding, atmospheric ghost story, a teenage boy must find the resources within himself to save his haunted twin brother. After their nan accidentally burns their home down, twin brothers Pat and Dom must move with their parents and baby sister to the seaside cottage they’ve summered in, now made desolate by the winter wind. It’s there that the ghost appears — a strange boy who cries black tears and fears a bad man, a soldier, who is chasing him. Soon Dom has become not-Dom, and Pat can sense that his brother is going to die — while their overwhelmed parents can’t even see what’s happening. Isolated and terrified, Pat needs to keep his brother’s cover while figuring out how to save him, drawing clues from his own dreams and Nan’s long-ago memories, confronting a mystery that lies between this world and the next — within the Grey. With white-knuckle pacing and a deft portrayal of family relationships, Celine Kiernan offers a taut psychological thriller that is sure to haunt readers long after the last page is turned.

The Circle and the Sword Classic Reprint

  • Filename: the-circle-and-the-sword-classic-reprint.
  • ISBN: 133150967X
  • Release Date: 2015-07-16
  • Number of pages: 54
  • Author: Joseph Mary Plunkett
  • Publisher:

Excerpt from The Circle and the Sword The Glories of the World Sink Down in Gloom The glories of the world sink down in gloom And Babylon and Nineveh and all Of Hell's high strongholds answer to the call, The silent waving of a sable plume. But there shall break a day when Death shall loom For thee, and thine own panoply appal Thee, like a stallion in a burning stall, While blood-red stars blaze out in skies of doom. Lord of sarcophagus and catacomb Blood-drunken Death! Within the columned hall Of time, thou diest when its pillars fall. Death of all deaths! Thou diggest thine own tomb, Makest thy mound of Earth's soon-shattered dome, And pullest the heavens upon thee for a pall. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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