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Marie AranaA gaping rift separates memoir and history, but Joseph O'Neill negotiates it nimbly in Blood-Dark Track, an account of two men in the fitful years before World War II. A chasm divides East and West, too, but O'Neill negotiates it just as agilely, for the men in his sights lived in disputed lands—one in Turkey, the other, Ireland…[O'Neill] peels back each layer of the past with care and deliberation. In the process, he displays considerable research skills, but he also exposes a touching tenderness for his family and a rare wisdom about the complicated world at large.
—The Washington Post