"A very timely subject for study based on extremely impressive archival research."Dr Marie Coleman, Queen's University Belfast
"This is an important contribution to the study of post-World War I Ireland. The author argues strongly that the returning ex-servicemen did not face violence, persecution and social exclusion because of their service, and counters the previously accepted view about the treatment of these men. In so doing Taylor presents a more nuanced understanding of how these men were treated, and his book is a substantial contribution to the debate. It is difficult to argue with his conclusion - they were neither heroes nor traitors." Patrick McCarthy, Irish Sword
"Paul Taylor's book is the first devoted to following the men who survived the horrors of the fields of France, the trenches of Flanders, or further afield, only to return to an Ireland transformed and in the midst of a new and very different conflict."
Brian Hughes, Journal of Social History
"This important book has transformed our understanding of the experiences of Irish First World War veterans, and must feature in future debates about the nature of the Irish Revolution."
John Borgonovo, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies