The Irish in Americaby Michael Coffey, Terry Golway
There is much more to the Irish experience than a good song and dance and a well-told story. As evidenced by the more than 40 million U.S. citizens who currently lay claim to having ancestral roots in the Emerald Isle, the Irish in America have been making significant historical and cultural contributions to this country since the seventeenth century when the first Irish immigrant ships began arriving on our eastern shores.
To celebrate those accomplishments, and to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the potato famine in Ireland, which led to one of the largest migrations of a people in history, this lavishly produced book brings to life the full and rich saga of the Irish in America.
Filled with hundreds of illustrations and photographs, The Irish in America is enhanced by more than two dozen original essays penned for this project by some of America's foremost Irish-American writers, historians, and personalities. Included among the contributions are works by Frank McCourt, Peggy Noonan, Pete Hamill, Denis Leary, Mary Higgins Clark, Malachy McCourt, Thomas Flanagan, Terry George, Peter Quinn, T. J. English, and Jason Robards. Featuring a Foreword by former congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II and an Afterword by best-selling novelist Maeve Binchy, this vibrant history is told through chapters whose themes are taken from the most important institutions of Irish life: the Great Famine, the Parish, the Precinct, the Work, the Players (show business, sports, literature), and the New Irish.
This lively and inspiring reader is designed to bring out the Irish in everyone!
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- 9.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
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enjoyable look at the history of the irish people in america. easy reading that makes you grateful of the sacrifices made by parents, grandparents, great-garndparents etc.. though woven around the successes and failures of the famous clans of john f kennedy and eugene o'neill; the book never loses touch with reality and the millions of not so famous irish who helped build america.. the author coffey's chapters are further complimented by articles & short stories written by prominent irish-americans of today such as frank mccourt, denis leary and maeve binchy. wonderful photographs make this a book a prize and well worth the price!