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Book Review- The Assassination of Michael Collins by S M Sigerson

Reviewed for Reader’s Favourite


While a lover of history, anthropology, and criminalistics, the story of Michael Collins was one I was only vaguely acquainted with before reading Sigerson’s The Assassination of Michael Collins. The book’s description is what first caught my attention, and I decided to give it a read. I found the cover a bit chaotic though. T’were I considering a paperback version, that may have been a deterrent to even looking at the description on the back. I read the blurb and was interested before seeing the cover. That’s a subjective point on my part, willingly admitted.


I greatly enjoyed reading the book. I would offer a word of warning- this book follows a scholar’s bent, and the language reflects that. If you are looking for something written more ‘mainstream’, this is probably not the book for you. However, if you enjoy the scholarly books, this is a great read on a fascinating story.


As I mentioned before, the story of Michael Collins was one mostly unfamiliar to me. Sigerson provides insights and information on the times, and the setting, of the events in question, giving a reader new to the story a proper context and from of reference. I really liked the fact that the Kindle version I read had easy access to reference materials used by the author. I ended up adding a few more books to my ‘to be read’ pile.


Criminal cases fascinate me. Sigerson lays out evidence, in context, to help try and make sense of this great mystery. He provides witness statements as well, but rather than forcing his own conclusion upon the events in questions, Sigerson instead follows the evidence. This is still a case unsolved, but the work Sigerson has put into it helps make things a bit clearer.


The Assassination of Michael Collins is definitely a must read if you have interest into this period of Irish history, or any interest in Collin’s himself. As mentioned before, this was all new to me, and Sigerson’s work engaged my interest in this fascinating man and his life. I have definite plans to pursue the books recommended by Sigerson, and ones used as resource materials.

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