With a preface by Éamonn de Búrca. Dublin: De Búrca, April, 2012. pp. 256, plus index. With numerous illustrations. Full buckram gilt in illustrated d.j. The American journalist, Hayden Talbot first met Michael Collins at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin, shortly after he had signed the Treaty with England. He states that in nine months of intimate association Collins was “the finest character it had ever been his good fortune to know”, and a friendship that Talbot valued more than any other he had ever made. This work contains an invaluable insight into Collins’ thinking and actions during this epic period of Irish history. It deals at length with Easter Week, The Black and Tans, The Murder of Francis Sheehy Skeffington, the Treaty negotiations and his vision for the resurgent nation. Originally published in 1923, our edition has a preface and an index which was not in the first edition.