Yes, it took me forever to finish this book. But now it is done. In my defense, the book is rather dense and the author writes with the expectation that the reader has a more intimate understanding of Irish history than I possess. The book has TONS of information about Collins. I would suggest you read a basic book on the history of the 1916 Rising and the Civil War and then move to this more detailed account of Collins’ life.
I also suspect the author is white washing a few elements of Collins’ character. He hints at Collins drinking and his potential affairs with women. But, Coogan dismissed many of the stories.
All and all I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to others.