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The Irish-Catholic dynasties of America, the Kennedys, the Cuddihys, Buckleys and Bradys all fled the Irish potato famine, arriving penniless in the slums of New York and Boston. This is their social history, the story of their rise from desperate poverty to fame and fortune.
Paperback, 322 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Syracuse University Press
(first published 1973)
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An interesting piece of social history, but not always a riveting read in spite of the interesting subject matter, Stephen Birmingham’s account of the rags to riches stories of America’s Irish Catholic families gets bogged down in its own morass of detail too often and makes it sometimes difficult to distinguish between the large and varied cast of characters he presents us with. They all seem to merge into one big lump of ambition and greed and social climbing. A more focussed account would hav ...more