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“The Assassination of Michael Collins
What Happened At B
éal na mBláth?”

by SM Sigerson

This is the first book dedicated to this famous “cold case” since John Feehan’s landmark study of 1981. It presents the most complete overview of the evidence ever published; as well as an itemized catalogue of the various witnesses’ mutual contradictions and corroborations.

What did Nelson Mandela and Michael Collins have in common?


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Nelson Mandela


(The following is an excerpt from the new book

“The Assassination of Michael Collins:
What Happened At Béal na mBláth?”
by SM Sigerson)

“Ireland’s independence was not achieved by a letter-writing campaign. . . . What do these popular leaders, so far separated by time and place, have in common?  What was similar about their lives and deaths and struggles?

Consider also Emiliano Zapata (assassinated en route to peace negotiations); Augusto Sandino (assassinated under cover of peace negotiations); Che Guevara (eased out by former comrades as the revolution consolidated victory); Mahatma Ghandi, Salvador Allende, Martin Luther King, the Kennedies, Patrice Lamumba . . . The list goes on.
Why would and why do such gifted people sacrifice themselves for the common good? . . .

“The larger picture of republican revolutions in world history is very much a work in progress.  We, the natives of modern Western democracies are the living products of that political maelstrom: the ending of which has yet to be written.  What John Stuart Mill called the great modern social and spiritual transition.  In this greater ongoing process, Ireland is indubitably a success story . . .

“. . . Statistics show that modern democracies, governed on principles of universal human / civil rights, the rule of law and separation of powers, are the most successful form of government.   Such republics tend to be more prosperous and more stable than autocracies.  Countries where the public has a powerful voice in decision-making are dramatically less likely to go to war, or to deteriorate into anarchy.  Such stability fosters more flourishing trade, health, industry, learning and generally enhanced cultural and economic development, over longer sustained periods.”

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“The Assassination of Michael Collins” – Crime of the century

photo 1922 Collins assassination - headlines & girl praying

“Crime of the century” is an expression which has been too often exploited by sensationalist commentators. Yet Collins’ martyrdom was indeed one of history’s defining moments, at the dawn of the turbulent 20th century. It was a particular type of political tragedy: one which the following decades would see replayed over and over again, throughout the world. It bore many factors in common with the fate of other great leaders. It could be called one of the opening salvos, in the sort of national and international conflicts which would define the era. In this sense, it may also be seen as a kind of skeleton key: a deeper understanding of which may unlock riddles in other cases like his.

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Michael Collins: why we lost him (excerpt from the book)

The leaders of great revolutionary struggles often do not live to see the fulfilment of their own handiwork.  That is an occupational hazard.  One which they all accept at the very outset.  One  which Collins, judging from his own words on the subject, was thoroughly prepared for every day.

  All great leaders of this kind take on a very old system: an ancient imperialist war and political machine, oiled by centuries’ experience in putting down popular revolutions.  And in eliminating great popular leaders.

–  excerpted from the new book:

“The Assassination of Michael Collins:
What Happened At Béal na mBláth?”

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