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A Brief History of Ireland

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The story of Ireland has been wrapped in mythology and legend. Since its very origins, the island has become the home for a successive series of invaders—the Celts, Christians, Vikings, and Normans. And despite deprivation, desperation, and suppression, Ireland has developed an unwavering sense of purpose and place.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Running Press (first published November 1st 2010)
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Darrell
I recently did one of those ancestry DNA test. When the results came back I was surprised to learn that I was 60% Irish. This led me to begin a further investigation into my ancestry and I also wanted to read more about Ireland. I knew very little but didn't want to tackle a full blown history text. So when i chose 'A Brief History of Ireland' I was expecting it to be concise. I was not disappointed and it was fun to read about a land that I had no idea I was descended from. I recommend the book...more
Elsbeth Kwant
An excellently written, very interesting book on Irish history. I am impressed by the sheer intellectual effort, the compelling storytelling and insightful asides. The book focuses both on 'big people': St. Patrick, The O'Neill, Kildare, De Valeran and big stories' Catholic-Protestant relations, Anglo-Irish history, economics and demography, but without ever becoming just a boring summing up.
I have been reading this book in the sun over the Easter weekend, I don't think many history books could...more
Michael Cayley
A history of Ireland from prehistoric times to the present day. The book focuses heavily on the 19th and 20th centuries. I would like to have seen much more about earlier periods.
Candice
I literally threw up my hands at page 250 and yelled, "THAT'S IT, I'M OUT!" The offending word was "indeed," which I had counted 20 times by page 10. Is it possible to write a good history book without being fucking academic? If so, let me know.

This IS an insanely thorough look at Irish history, though...I have pages dog-eared and highlighted all over the place. But next time I'll just download the BBC documentary.
Claire Stevenson
It's a bit hard to get into, but I will persist.
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