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The Ira: A History
The Ira
A History
Paperback      ISBN: 1879373998

An expert on Irish affairs presents a history of the Irish Republican Army, discussing the historical origins of contemporary issues, its role in the 1916 rebellion, and its modern-day activities

Angela's Ashes: A Memoir
Angela's Ashes
A Memoir
Paperback      ISBN: 068484267x

A Pulitzer Prize-winning, #1 New York Times bestseller, Angela's Ashes is Frank McCourt's masterful memoir of his childhood in Ireland.

"When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood."

So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank's mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank's father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy--exasperating, irresponsible, and beguiling--does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. Frank lives for his father's tales of Cuchulain, who saved Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mother babies.

Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank's survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig's head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors--yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance, and remarkable forgiveness.

Angela's Ashes, imbued on every page with Frank McCourt's astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic.
On an Irish Island: The Lost World of the Great Blasket
On an Irish Island
The Lost World of the Great Blasket
Paperback      ISBN: 0307389871

On an Irish Island tells the remarkable story of a remote outpost nearly untouched by time in the first half of the twentieth century, and of the adventurous men and women who visited and were inspired by it.

In a love letter to a vanished way of life, Robert Kanigel brings to life this wildly beautiful island, notable for the vivid communal life of its residents and the unadulterated Irish they spoke well into the twentieth century. With the Irish language rapidly disappearing, Great Blasket became a magnet for scholars, linguists, and writers during the Gaelic renaissance. As we follow these visitors--among them John Millington Synge, author of The Playboy of the Western World--we are captivated both by the tiny group of islanders who kept an entire country's past alive and by their complex relationships with those who brought the island's story to the larger world.
Stuart Britain: A Very Short Introduction
Stuart Britain
A Very Short Introduction
Paperback      ISBN: 0192854003

The Great Fire, the Black Death, flip-flopping religious persecution, the overthrow and reinstatement of the monarchy. The Stuart Britain era, a notch on the timeline spanning roughly 1603-1714, is one of the most interesting times in the history of Britain. John Morrill's Stuart Britain: A Very Short Introduction brings us the major events, characters, and issues of the day. Special attention is given to the defeat King Charles I by the Parliamentary Army, and the successive waves of authoritarian Puritan, Protestant and Catholic rule which followed. Vividly illustrated and full of intriguing details, this is an ideal introduction a fascinating time.

Tis: A Memoir
Tis
A Memoir
Paperback      ISBN: 0684865742

A #1 New York Times bestseller and the eagerly anticipated sequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angela's Ashes, this masterpiece from Frank McCourt tells of his American journey from impoverished immigrant to brilliant teacher and raconteur.

Frank McCourt's glorious childhood memoir, Angela's Ashes, has been loved and celebrated by readers everywhere for its spirit, its wit and its profound humanity. A tale of redemption, in which storytelling itself is the source of salvation, it won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Rarely has a book so swiftly found its place on the literary landscape.

And now we have 'Tis, the story of Frank's American journey from impoverished immigrant to brilliant teacher and raconteur. Frank lands in New York at age nineteen, in the company of a priest he meets on the boat. He gets a job at the Biltmore Hotel, where he immediately encounters the vivid hierarchies of this "classless country," and then is drafted into the army and is sent to Germany to train dogs and type reports. It is Frank's incomparable voice--his uncanny humor and his astonishing ear for dialogue--that renders these experiences spellbinding.

When Frank returns to America in 1953, he works on the docks, always resisting what everyone tells him, that men and women who have dreamed and toiled for years to get to America should "stick to their own kind" once they arrive. Somehow, Frank knows that he should be getting an education, and though he left school at fourteen, he talks his way into New York University. There, he falls in love with the quintessential Yankee, long-legged and blonde, and tries to live his dream. But it is not until he starts to teach--and to write--that Frank finds his place in the world. The same vulnerable but invincible spirit that captured the hearts of readers in Angela's Ashes comes of age.

As Malcolm Jones said in his Newsweek review of Angela's Ashes, "It is only the best storyteller who can so beguile his readers that he leaves them wanting more when he is done...and McCourt proves himself one of the very best." Frank McCourt's 'Tis is one of the most eagerly awaited books of our time, and it is a masterpiece.
Ireland, 1912-1985
Ireland, 1912-1985
Paperback      ISBN: 0521377412

This is the first major study on this scale of Irish performance, North and South, in the twentieth century. Although stressing the primacy of politics in Irish public affairs, it argues that Irish politics must be understood in the broad context of economic, social, administrative, cultural, and intellectual history. The book fully explores the relationship between rhetoric and reality in the Irish mind and views political behavior largely as a product of collective psychology. "The Irish experience" is placed firmly in a comparative context. The book seeks to assess the relative importance of British influence and of indigenous impulses in shaping an independent Ireland, and to identify the relationship between personality and process in determining Irish history. Particularly close attention is paid to individuals such as Eamon de Valera, Michael Collins, W.T. Cosgrove, Sir James Craig, J.J. McElligott, Sean Lemass, Terence O'Neill, and Ian Paisley, and to the limits within which even the most powerful personalities were forced to operate.

Dear, Dirty Dublin: A City in Distress, 1899-1916
Dear, Dirty Dublin
A City in Distress, 1899-1916
Hardcover      ISBN: 0520039653

"1899 - 1916. Sm 4to, 338pgs. Full bound in patterned green cloth with gilt titling on spine. Book is solid and interior is clean and bright though slightly rippled. Illustrated with maps and photographic images of Dublin. Book shows minor discoloration at spines ends and some rubbing to DJ, else near fine.

The Bletchley Park Codebreakers: How Ultra Shortened the War and Led to the Birth of the Computer
The Bletchley Park Codebreakers
How Ultra Shortened the War and Led to the Birth of the Computer
Paperback      ISBN: 1849540780

Bletchley Park was the site of Britain's main decryption center, the Government Code and Cypher School. This extraordinary book includes essays by some of Britain's foremost historians and academics and traces the legacy of Bletchley Park from the innovative work which led to the breaking of Enigma and other wartime codes to the invention of modern computing and its influence on Cold War codebreaking.

Crucially, it also features contributions from former Bletchley Park codebreakers, whose personal reminiscences and very human stories of life and work in wartime Bletchley make compelling reading.

Michael Smith is the author of Killer Elite.

Ralph Erskine is one of Britain's leading historians of wartime codebreaking.

Jiving At the Crossroads
Jiving At the Crossroads
Trade Paperback      ISBN: 1848271271

In 1991, Ireland was in the midst of a devastating recession; thousands of young Irish men & women had emigrated over the previous decade, & divisive social & moral debates on abortion & divorce had rocked Irish society. This text questions the notion of modern Irish identity, & examines the tensions at the heart of the Irish psyche.

Insight Guides Explore Ireland (Travel Guide with Free Ebook)
Insight Guides Explore Ireland (Travel Guide with Free Ebook)
Paperback      ISBN: 1786716089

From its lively capital, Dublin, to vast swathes of remote wilderness, Ireland will surprise and delight in equal measure. Insight Guide Explore Ireland is the ideal pocket companion for your trip: a full-colour guide containing 16 easy-to-follow routes around Ireland.

Inside Explore Ireland:
Discover Ireland's epic natural attractions, including the dramatic Cliffs of Moher and the peculiar limestone Burren.
Experience the historic and modern marvels of Dublin, Ireland's charming and vibrant capital city.
Insight's trademark cultural coverage sets the routes in context, with introductions to Ireland's cuisine, entertainment options, wealth of activities on offer and key historical dates.
Our recommended places to eat and drink are highlighted in each route, with even more suggestions in the directory section, which also contains a wealth of useful practical information including a range of carefully selected accommodation to suit all budgets.
Pull-out map with useful plotted routes.
Evocative photography captures Ireland's stunning green scenery.

About Insight Guides Insight Guides has over 40 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.

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