Léirmheasanna: Reviews Captain Jack White: Imperialism, Anarchism and the Irish Citizen Army, by Leo Keohane, pp. 283. Sallins: Merrion Press, 2014. $75.00 (cloth); $22.50 (paper). Distributed by International Specialized Booksellers, Portland OR. $79.95 Histories of the Irish Left prior to the Anglo-Irish War have traditionally been dominated by the looming, Janus-faced figures of James Connolly and "Big" Jim Larkin. Indeed, Connolly's life and death in the Easter Rising gave birth to a veritable cottage industry of academic and popular biographies; Larkin, comparatively somewhat less examined, has more recently (and appropriately) become the subject of more historical attention. Between Connolly and Larkin, a long shadow was cast on their comrades in the Irish Left. Leo Keohane's biography, Captain Jack White: Imperialism, Anarchism and the Irish Citizen Army seeks, in part, to redress that imbalance. James Robert White (b. 1879), or "Captain Jack," would have undoubtedly preferred to be in no one's shadow. The son of Field Marshal Sir George White V.C., he was himself an accomplished veteran of the Boer War, born into the upper echelons of Ulster Protestant society and descended from Presbyterian refugees who had fled England for Ulster during the English Civil War. He was, from
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