Top 10 best books on Ireland for history, ranked

10. Modern Ireland by Roy Foster – formulating the Irish Nation

9. Medieval Ireland by Clare Downham – bringing a distant time back to life

8. Ten Men Dead by David Beresford – the formative account of the 1981 Hunger Strike

7. The Squad by T Ryle Dwyer – the intelligence war of Michael Collins

6. 1916: The Mornings After by Tim Pat Coogan – a state that betrays revolutionary ideals

5. The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000 by Diarmaid Ferriter – a century of change

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