Drawing on a range of Irish and British archives, the authors question our traditional assumptions about Michael Collins. Was he the man of his age, or was he just luckier, more brazen, more written about and more photographed than the rest? Collins was photographed in uniform in the weeks before his death, but he was chiefly an organiser and a strategist. Here Dolan and Murphy look at different aspects of Collins' life - origins, work, war, politics, beliefs, celebrity, death and afterlives. Approaching him through the lens of contemporaries and historians, friends and enemies, this provocative book reveals new insights, challenging what we know about Collins and the Irish Revolution. Dr Anne Dolan lectures in modern Irish history at Trinity College Dublin. Dr William Murphy lectures in modern Irish history at Dublin City University.