The Story of Ireland by Neil Hegarty
A History of the Irish People

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How can the book be called “A History of the Irish People” with all that left out? Which is to say that so far as it goes, “The Story of Ireland” is fine, but it doesn’t go nearly far enough.
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Synopsis

In this groundbreaking history of Ireland, Neil Hegarty presents a fresh perspective on Ireland's past. Comprehensive and engaging, The Story of Ireland is an eye-opening account of a nation that has long been shaped by forces beyond its coasts.

The Story of Ireland re-examines Irish history, challenging the accepted stories and long-held myths associated with Ireland. Transporting readers to the Ireland of the past, beginning with the first settlement in A.D. 433, this is a sweeping and compelling history of one of the world's most dynamic nations. Hegarty examines how world events, including Europe's 16th century religious wars, the French and American revolutions, and Ireland's policy of neutrality during World War II, have shaped the country over the course of its long and fascinating history. With an up-to-date afterword that details the present state of affairs in Ireland, this is an essential text for readers who are fascinated by current events, politics, and history.

Spanning Irish history from its earliest inhabitants to the country's current financial crisis, The Story of Ireland is an epic and brilliant re-telling of Ireland's history from a new point of view.

 

About Neil Hegarty

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NEIL HEGARTY was born in Derry. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin. After leaving Trinity, Neil travelled and worked for a travel website before becoming a professional writer. He acted as consultant editor and contributor to several editions of the Time Out Guide to Dublin. His short fiction and essays have been published widely and his journalism has appeared in The Irish Times and Daily Telegraph.
 
Published March 13, 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books. 400 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Dec 05 2011

Without succumbing to a dry academic tone, Hegarty offers a finely researched and timely celebration of Ireland’s turbulent history and conservative people.

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The Washington Post

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Reviewed by Jonathan Yardley on Mar 16 2012

How can the book be called “A History of the Irish People” with all that left out? Which is to say that so far as it goes, “The Story of Ireland” is fine, but it doesn’t go nearly far enough.

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Reviewed by Diarmaid Ferriter on Feb 19 2011

...a tame telling of a traditional tale and it ultimately reads as an old-fashioned narrative... with little sense of the people...at the heart of the Irish society.

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