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31-07-2010, 13:07   #121
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My Father, The General. by Risteárd Mulcahy.
An indepth study of Richard Mulcahy's life written by his son.
Deals with his time in the IRA and as a polition later on.
I have that book sitting at home, would you recommend it? I've read the Vauliulus biography on Mulcahy but this book by his son does seem very interesting.
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I have that book sitting at home, would you recommend it? I've read the Vauliulus biography on Mulcahy but this book by his son does seem very interesting.

Well It depends on what your looking for, It dosent go too deaply into his time dureing the War for Independnce. More about his relationships with the main players at the time than information about what he did dureing the war. It spends a good bit of time on his life as a polition after the war. Overall though its a good enough read although I got a bit bogged down at times. If you have it anyway you may as well give it a look.
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Made this post over in the Military forum's 'Military Books' and thought it might be useful to slip it in here too as it's relevant.

The Influence of Air Power upon History: see here
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For US foreign policy.

The National Security Archives

http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/


"About the National Security Archive

An independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University, the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act..
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http://www.chaptersofdublin.com/
(directory listing http://www.chaptersofdublin.com/books/) has loads of content on the history of Dublin from about a century ago.
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For US History, in particular the Antebellum,Civil War and Reconstruction, I cannot recommend the following highly enough.

http://docsouth.unc.edu/ Documenting The American South, basically everything you could ever want indexed.
http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/moagrp The Making Of America, really good collection of 19th Century reports.
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The legislative acts of the Irish State since 1922:

http://www.bailii.org/ie/legis/num_act/


British Equivalent: http://www.statutelaw.gov.uk/
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http://www.pgil-eirdata.org/html/index.htm

The Princess Grace Irisih Library. Fantastic resource for checking names, dates of publications, etc. It seems to still be under construction however so searching can be difficult. I use it mostly to find out about author's in newspapers, it usually has any pseudonym's listed too. Usually I search it through google but worth letting people know where it is.
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The British Empire

i want to buy a book about the british empire - something to help me understand how it all started and how it lead to how it stands today. Anyone read any good books? One that is not too heavy - more informative rather than critical. I have looked on Amazon but I would like to get some opinions.. thanks in advance, s
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The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer. True story about the author who was conscripted to the German Army in WW2 when he was 17 because he had a German mother. Touches all the feelings of war i guess, hate, fear, love, desperation and emptyness on the Eastern front.

There is a major on going debate about his account of the war, best to treat it as a work of fiction
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i want to buy a book about the british empire - something to help me understand how it all started and how it lead to how it stands today. Anyone read any good books? One that is not too heavy - more informative rather than critical. I have looked on Amazon but I would like to get some opinions.. thanks in advance, s


Neil Ferguson is a good start.

Also recommend the Scramble for Africa by Thomas Pakenham, how a few powers took over Africa in a space of 50 years
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Looking for books on the following

William Martin Murphy



Also a book that covers what happened in detail from May 1916 till January 1917, explaining who was organizing things and what they were up whilst the leadership was in Gaol
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Neil Ferguson is a good start.

Also recommend the Scramble for Africa by Thomas Pakenham, how a few powers took over Africa in a space of 50 years

thanks - I am going to go for "how britain made the modern world... read niall's bio and a few reviews so i think this would be a good one to start with,
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Did you read this book by Bartlett? I'm planning to relocate and would really like to read a couple of history books before I go... it won't be until next year, so I'll have plenty of time to read. Any more recommendations of books spanning from ancient all the way to present day? Or maybe dividing up into half, ancient and modern?
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WWII in far east

2 of the most engaging books on WWII that I have read both detail the life of scotsmen who ended up in the asian arena of the conflict.

The railway man -by Eric Lomax.

The forgotten highlander -by Alistair Urquhart.

Anyone with an interest in WWII will enjoy these with the forgotten highlander in particular a story that is hard to comprehend that the man is still alive.
Urquhart was captured by the Japanese in Singapore. He was a POW on the famous bridge over Kwai and further down the railway for years, as the allies neared he was on death march and then put on a ship to Japan which was torpedoed. Nearly everyone else on board died and Urquhart spent 5 days alone on a raft until picked up by a fishing boat. He was taken to Japan to another POW camp. The camp was in Nagasaki........
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