superb and heartfelt ... you need to read this book particularly if you are interested in Irish history and the history of the Great War (and make no mistake, this book details vital and important part of that history)
this book should be on the school curriculum both in Ireland and the UK so the truth of the role of the Irish in the Great War is finally known ... superb, poignant, informative, I can’t praise it enough, a most important book from a writer with the skill and courage to do his subject matter the justice it has so long deserved
'well worth the wait'
'Ireland’s deliberate amnesia surrounding World War One is at last being punctured and a fine book such as this serves a key role in humanising the suffering'
'exceptional new publication'
'all in all, it’s a fantastic read'
'a remarkable collection of stories'
'Shows an 'extraordinary empathy with a generation that is gone''
'a moving collection of stories about Irishmen who fought in that war, backed up by photos, diaries and documents that bring us closer to these men than any book I have read before'
'remarkable ... Insightful'
'author Neil Richardson conveys the personal experiences of the soldiers and what life was really like facing enemy lines'
'this very rich text will be read with interest by all those seeking to understand the impact of the war on Ireland and the Irish'
'heart-rending stories about bravery, family sacrifice, lucky escapes and tragic ends'
'documents the life cycle of the war through the eyes of the Irish men that fought it'
The Longford Leader
'He [the author] writes: 'The best way to understand the Irishmen who fought in the First World War is to remember them, to finally acknowledge what they went through and allow their stories to be told.' Neil Richardson should rest easy, as he’s achieved
'a stunning piece of research'
'given that the first casualty of any war is the truth, any attempt to honour the Irish who fought in The Great War can only be welcomed. 'A Coward If I Return, A Hero If I Fall' is arguably the finest modern effort to record the tales of the Irish who fo
‘this very rich text will be read with interest by all those seeking to understand the impact of the war on Ireland and the Irish’
‘one of the great achievements of the book is to present to the public some truly new material which has not been available before’
‘thoughtful comments on memory of the war and its place in Ireland today’
'a fascinating new book containing accounts of the activities of participants in World War I has just been released and it tells the incredible story of the involvement in the bloody conflict of three brothers from Kerry'
'a wonderful book'
'a poignant and sometimes harrowing collection of personal experiences from The Great War'
'a fascinating, and indeed, saddening read'
'Richardson has done Irish history a great service in this book. It has helped add flesh to a growing amount of books on the Irish contribution to the first world war.'
'The O’Brien Press is to be congratulated on a very well produced book with over 150 photographs and other illustrations.'
'It is a moving and often tragic tale ... A book to dip into and enjoy, and I would recommend it most strongly.'
This book adds another dimension to the many recent books on the Irish experience during the conflict ...
'At last a book that tells the truth about Ireland and a major part of our recent history' JK Flanagan
'fantastic reading' Five-Stars, Rebel in Blue
fantastic reading' Five-Stars, Rebel in Blue
Amazon.com on 17th June 2011
I have now started reading the book for the third time and it makes me sad and proud for those Irishmen who fought in that war. They should never ever be forgotton - let us all know of the part our brave Irishmen played and never let us forget. Well done
Eugene on 17th January 2011
An excellent book!
Derek on 5th January 2011
Delighted with this book and I appreciate the fact that Neil gave a voice to my grandfather and others like him. I am really enjoying reading it every chance I can get
Ger Holligan on 14th October 2010