A Memoir

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His first book, Ireland Since the Rising, was a pioneering work. His subsequent book, The IRA, became the definitive work on the subject. Ireland's best-known journalist, broadcaster, historian, and bestselling biographer Tim Pat Coogan has not only reported the news—he's been the news. Through the Irish Press, where he served as editor for 20 years, he is renowned for bringing social and political change to Ireland. He went on to play a vital role in bringing the IRA/Sinn Fein to the peace talks table, and ...

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Overview

His first book, Ireland Since the Rising, was a pioneering work. His subsequent book, The IRA, became the definitive work on the subject. Ireland's best-known journalist, broadcaster, historian, and bestselling biographer Tim Pat Coogan has not only reported the news—he's been the news. Through the Irish Press, where he served as editor for 20 years, he is renowned for bringing social and political change to Ireland. He went on to play a vital role in bringing the IRA/Sinn Fein to the peace talks table, and has always been uniquely placed to comment authoritatively—and often controversially—on all aspects of Irish current affairs. From personal to political, his revelatory memoir gives genuine insight into the life and high-profile career of a man at the center of Irish politics and society.

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"Highly stimulating, packed with good stories, funny anecdotes, interesting characters, poignant moments of autobiography and his characteristically strong opinions . . . A rich and glorious pot-pourri of Irish life and experiences over the 20th century, with which you can identify, empathize, and argue in equal measure, evocatively illustrated."  —Irish Independent

"Tim Pat Coogan’s many-stranded memoir is an instructive prism through which to view some aspects of the evolution of post-independence Ireland . . . It bespeaks love of country and love of life and it is punctuated with the sharp, dry humor that characterizes the man."  —Irish Times

“The standard reference work on the subject.”  —New York Times on The IRA

“A journey into our own psyche . . . Tim Pat Coogan has dug, Heaney-like, into the past while opening doors to faraway places.”  —Frank McCourt, author, Angela’s Ashes on Wherever Green is Worn

“Rich in characterization and detail—not to mention the Coogan wit—this is an invaluable reference volume that belongs on the bookshelf of every Celtophile.”  —Publishers Weekly on Wherever Green is Worn

"A must for anyone interested in the contemporary history of Anglo-Irish relations."  —Sean MacBride, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, on On the Blanket

"Fascinating . . . Coogan has done a masterful job of taking a very complicated history and making it lively reading."  —Publishers Weekly on Ireland in the 20th Century

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780297851103
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Recognized as Ireland's leading popular historian of the 20th century, Tim Pat Coogan is also the author of 1916: The Easter Rising, The IRA, Ireland in the 20th Century, Michael Collins: The Man Who Made IrelandOn the Blanket: The Inside Story of the IRA Prisoners' "Dirty" Protest, The Troubles, and Wherever Green is Worn: The Story of the Irish Diaspora.

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