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I am enjoying this book, especially after just finishing Immortal Irishman. I am having a problem with Shame only in that it is read by an Englishman. They should have chosen a person with the Irish brogue. The history of the English dominance of Ireland is ugly one in so many respects. Listening to a book about Hitler's Germany read by a person with a German accent would not be as effective as one read in a Jewish accent. Just one man's opinion.
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It is hard to imagine how it could be better told that the persons and character of the Young Irelanders shaped the history of the Irish in Australia, America, and Ireland itself, as collectively they brought us into the fateful Twentieth Century. The Easter Rising, the Troubles, and the freeing of Ireland that began more than one hundred years ago are now in clearer context for this reader. Keneally’s masterful color portraits of Mitchel, O’Brien, O’Reilly, and “Saint Kevin” are only matched by the thoroughness of his research and patient exposition. It was a distinct pleasure and comprehensive education to read this book, or hear it wonderfully read on Audible. Congratulations are deserved all around.
very very interesting and informative especially if like myself you are of irish heritage.. highly recomend it
This should be renamed the poor Irish
There's two sides to any story, especially in Ireland.
This book fails to take account of that.
A better listen by far is the BBCs A History Of Ireland In 240 Episodes