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The National Book Award–winning author of The Worst Hard Time illuminates the dawn of the great Irish American story, with all its twists and triumphs, through the life of one heroic man.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.97(d)|
About the Author
TIMOTHY EGAN is a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter, a New York Times columnist, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in nonfiction. His previous books include The Worst Hard Time, which won a National Book Award, and the national bestseller The Big Burn. He lives in 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
Source Notes 323
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Highly reccomend this book. It gave me a better understanding of Irish history through the experiences of one man while including the people, politics and history of 3 continents. The story is interesting in itself and can be enjoyed as the story of one man. However, his experiences are a study of the prejudices, cruelties and perseverances of humans too often repeated. I could not help but compare parts of the Irish experince at the hands of the British to some of the experiences of slaves in America. Both had elements of racism, politics and greed. This is a thought provoking book and a WELL TOLD STORY!
I had never heard of Thomas Meagher and now will never forget him. This is a not only an important history lesson but inspirational story of Irish spirit and endurance. Thank you a Timothy Egan!
This biograpy of a little known historical figure was fascinating reading makes me want to go back to helena to see his statue
We will meet again in the clearing at the end of or paths
“The Immortal Irishman” is the biography of Thomas Francis Meager whose drive and initiative are emblazoned upon the history of three continents. Born in Waterford in 1823, the son of a wealthy merchant, mayor of Waterford and member of the British House of Commons, Thomas involved himself with the Young Ireland Movement. His participation in the Young Ireland Rebellion of 1848 resulted in his banishment to Tasmania where he lived in freedom so long as he remained in a defined area. There he married and established contacts with other exiles until his daring escape in 1854 that took him to New York. Prohibited from returning to Ireland, Meagher started a new career in America where he became a leader of the Irish Diaspora, remarried after his wife died and achieved martial glory as commander of the Irish Brigade in the Union Army during the Civil War. His final service was as governor of Montana during which he fought local corruption until his mysterious death in 1867. I liked this book for several reasons. First it opens a window into the histories of Ireland during the Famine Era through the tales of Meagher’s activities that were somewhat in contradiction of his father’s. The narrative of his time in Tasmania provides an insight into the life of transported convicts and others in the Australia of his day. The final chapters shine light on the challenges facing Famine immigrants in the United States including the Know Nothing movement, the record of the Irish Brigade and a look into the society of the post-war West. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in any of these topics.