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Publisher's Summary

The "isle of poets and scholars" has known almost constant warfare for centuries. In 1920, it was divided into North and South; yet this purely political solution left a religious and cultural schism intact. This presentation follows Ireland's tragic course from St. Patrick to Britain's imposition of direct rule in 1974.
©1991 Knowledge Products, Inc. (P)1991 Knowledge Products, Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By William Stewart on 02-15-14

Nothing I already knew.

What disappointed you about Ireland?

Firstly, this is a book about Irish history, WHY on earth is it being narrated by an American and an American with an accent that does not fit the history.
Secondly, WHY is it that the English accents are so Plummy, listen to live news recordings of the day, the English Never spoke that way.
Thirdly, WHY is it that the accents of the Irish were in what I would consider very poor Belfast Brogue, I grew up in Belfast and I can assure you that accents like these never existed, they appear to be just a bit extreme, in some respects quite off-putting.

Would you ever listen to anything by Wendy McElroy again?

Whilst some of the historic information was true the way in which it is delivered does not seem to fit the reality of the events, it is as if the author has copy and pasted information from other books...For me it did not feel right.

How could the performance have been better?

The use of real local people from the area the book is concerned with and using accents that are not over exaggerated, I do not recall hearing very much Southern Irish accents, and indeed the subject of Irish history is all about Southern and Northern Ireland.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyance followed by disappointment to a degree.

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