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In this sweeping history, Ireland's best-known historian, Tim Pat Coogan, tackles the dark history of the Irish Famine and argues that it constituted one of the first acts of genocide. In what the Boston Globe calls "his greatest achievement", Coogan shows how the British government hid behind the smoke screen of laissez faire economics, the invocation of divine providence, and a carefully orchestrated publicity campaign, allowing more than a million people to die agonizing deaths and driving a further million into emigration.
Unflinching in depicting the evidence, Coogan presents a vivid and horrifying picture of a catastrophe that shook the 19th century and finally calls to account those responsible.
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By GMJ on 06-05-18
The crimes against the Irish with levels of wanton apathy rarely seen throughout recorded history, makes this book a necessary yet bitter pill. I had to pause reading/listening to the audio version two times to take a day or so to gather myself.
Those that are interested in Irish roots, or general Irish history should delve deeper for a better understanding.
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