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Michael Collins

Boot, Max. "'Kick the Bully': Michael Collins Launches the 1921 Irish Rebellion." http://www.historynet.com, 2 Nov. 2012. (Originally published in MHQ magazine.)

"[T]he script followed by groups as diverse as the Vietcong and the Taliban was written in Ireland during its 1919–1921 War of Independence, the first successful revolt against the British Empire since the creation of the United States of America."

Dwyer, T. Ryle.

1. Michael Collins: The Man Who Won the War. Chester Springs, PA: Dufour Editions, 1992.

Surveillant 2.5: "According to Dwyer, Collins coordinated the sweeping Sinn Fein election victory in 1918, organized the IRA, and set up the first Irish intelligence network."

2. "The Squad" and the Intelligence Operations of Michael Collins. Cork and Dublin: Mercier Press, 2005.

Foy, Michael T. Michael Collins's Intelligence War: The Struggle between the British and the IRA 1919-1921. Stroud, UK: Sutton, 2006. Stroud, UK: History Press, 2008. [pb]

According to John Burns, Sunday Times (London), 2 Apr. 2006, the author suggests that Molly Childers, the American wife of Erskine Childers, "spied on Sinn Fein for the British government.... He bases the controversial claim in part on an analysis of the agent's reports, which included American-sounding turns of phrase." Kahn, Intelligencer 17.1 (Winter-Spring 2009), notes that this work is "carefully footnoted."

Gleeson, James. Bloody Sunday: How Michael Collins' Agents Assassinated Britain's Secret Service in Dublin on November 21, 1920. Guilford, CT: Lyons, 2004.

Hopkinson, I&NS 21.4 (Aug. 2006), notes that this book was originally published in 1962 and that the only change "is the inclusion of an enthusiastic and completely uncritical introduction by Dermot McEvoy which reveals no awareness of the enormous developments in knowledge and understanding of the Irish revolutionary period in the last four decades." Nevertheless, Glesson understood just how much "the war was an intelligence conflict" and saw "the events of Bloody Sunday as the critical moment in the intelligence war."

Hittle, J.B.E. Michael Collins and the Anglo-Irish War: Britain's Counterinsurgency Failure. Dulles, VA: Potomac Books, 2011.

Peake, Studies 56.2 (Jun. 2012), finds that "[p]articular attention is given to the network of informers Collins organized, the insurgency techniques he developed and exploited so effectively, the role of propaganda, and his ruthless use of assassination to achieve his goals." The author also "provides detailed critical analysis" of British intelligence and its attempts to counter Collins's operations.

Hartline, Martin C. "Michael Collins and Bloody Sunday." Studies in Intelligence 13, no. 1 (Winter 1969): 69-78.

The eventual success of the Irish nationalists "constitutes a classic example of the effectiveness of unconventional warfare in forcing a powerful adversary to the negotiating table. [footnote omitted] The Irish intelligence service was one of the architects of the victory. The Director of Intelligence of the Irish Republican Army during the last act of the drama was Michael Collins."

Kavanagh, Séan. "The Irish Volunteers' Intelligence Organisation." The Capuchin Annual 36 (1969): 354-367.

This is a firsthand account of the author's work as an agent for Michael Collins, 1919-1921.

McInerney, Colm. "Michael Collins and the Organisation of Irish Intelligence, 1917-21." The History Review: Journal of the UCD History Society 14 (2003), 34-45. ThreeMonkeysOnline.com, Apr. 2004. [http://www.threemonkeysonline.com]

"Several things forced the truce of July 1921, of which Collins' intelligence network is only one. But it is arguably the most important one. One of the key reason[s] that the War of Independence of 1919-1921 actually achieved a tangible result (the Anglo-Irish Treaty), unlike scores of previous rebellions, was intelligence."

Murphy, John F., Jr. "Michael Collins and the Craft of Intelligence." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 17, no. 2 (Summer 2004): 333-357.

The author offers a quick overview of the Irish revolutionary tradition, and fits Collins' "invisible army" into the drive for independence. November 1920's "Bloody Sunday" showed that "Collins had succeeded in penetrating the most sensitive British intelligence operation and destroying it."

Neligan, David. The Spy in the Castle. London, MacGibbon & Kee, 1968.

The author was one of Michael Collins's agents in "G" Division of the Dublin Metropolitan Police, based in Dublin Castle, the headquarters of British intelligence in Ireland until 1922.

O'Halpin, Eunan. "Collins and Intelligence 1919-1923 : From Brotherhood to Bureaucracy." In Michael Collins and the Making of the Irish State, eds. Gabriel Doherty and Dermot Keogh, 68-80. Cork: Mercier Press, 1998.

Ryan, Meda. Michael Collins and the Women Who Spied for Ireland. Dublin: Mercier Press, 2006.

Stewart, Anthony Terence Quincey. Michael Collins: The Secret File. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1997.

Facsimile of all the main documents in the RIC's secret file on Collins (1916-1920), released in the PRO, London.

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