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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Irish History and Culture (The Complete Idiot's Guides)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  6 reviews
You’re no idiot, of course. You know that St. Patrick’s Day is in March, JFK was our only Irish-Catholic President, and that the IRA isn’t necessarily a tax-deferred account. But when it comes to knowing about the history and culture of Ireland, you feel as Irish as a box of stale Lucky Charms.

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Alpha
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Maria Paiz
A friend gave me this book for my birthday, which turned out to be the perfect preparation for my trip to Ireland because it provided the highlights of Irish history.
Cris
Not the most interesting or humorous Idiot's guide I've read. After much of the reading I've done I find this book simplistic in its views and statements.

As an introduction I guess it's not bad, but it lacks the interesting and amusing commentary I expect from this line of books.
Patrick McWilliams
I read most of it. Seems a bit biased toward a liberal mindset and Roman Catholicism at points. The chapter on St. Patrick relies heavily on Roman Catholic legend rather than historical evidence. It is implied that King James I was a homosexual. No mention of Irish slaves in America.
TC
May 25, 2008 TC rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in Ireland in any way
This was one of the books that really got me excited about going to see Ireland. It's full of great information, but it's not dry or overwhelming. If you plan on ever going to visit the Emerald Isle, go buy this book!
Kate
A humorous but fact filled guide to the Emerald Isle. I enjoyed the book and it whets my appetite to find the sod where the ancestors trod and persevered in spite of tremendous challenges.
Megan
Jun 26, 2010 Megan added it
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