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The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero

The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero

by Timothy Egan
The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero

The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero

by Timothy Egan

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Overview

In the New York Times bestseller The Immortal Irishman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Timothy Egan illuminates the dawn of the great Irish American story, with all its twists and triumphs, through the life of one heroic man.

A dashing young orator during the Great Hunger of the 1840s, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony for life. But two years later he was “back from the dead” and in New York, instantly the most famous Irishman in America. Meagher’s rebirth included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War. Afterward, he tried to build a new Ireland in the wild west of Montana — a quixotic adventure that ended in the great mystery of his disappearance, which Egan resolves convincingly at last.

“This is marvelous stuff. Thomas F. Meagher strides onto Egan's beautifully wrought pages just as he lived — powerfully larger than life. A fascinating account of an extraordinary life.”—Daniel James Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Facing the Mountain


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544944831
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 34,458
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

TIMOTHY EGAN is a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter and the author of eight other books, most recently The Immortal Irishman, a New York Times bestseller. His book on the Dust Bowl, The Worst Hard Time, won a National Book Award for nonfiction. His account of photographer Edward Curtis, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, won the Carnegie Medal for nonfiction. He writes a biweekly opinion column for the New York Times.

Hometown:

Seattle, Washington

Date of Birth:

November 8, 1954

Table of Contents

Introduction: Last Day-July 1, 1867 xi

Part I To Be Irish in Ireland

1 Under the Bootheel 3

2 The Becoming 17

3 Poetry in Action 28

4 Pitchfork Paddies 49

5 The Meanest Beggar in the World 68

Part II To be Irish in the Penal Colony

6 Island of the Damned 85

7 The Traitor of Tasmania 102

8 Flight 118

Part III To Be Irish in America

9 Home and Away 131

10 Identity 150

11 The Fever 160

12 War 172

13 First Blood 182

14 The Call, the Fall 189

15 Summer of Slaughter 199

16 Reasons to Live and Die 214

17 The Green and the Blues 228

18 A Brigade No More 242

19 A Second Banishment 255

20 New Ireland 268

21 The Remains of a Life 287

22 River Without End 299

23 Inquest for Ireland 309

Acknowledgments 320

Source Notes 323

Index 353

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