Tommy and John by William O'Neill

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The Irish famine of the late 1840’s was the worst peacetime disaster in the history of modern Europe. Between 1846 and 1849 more than one million people died. Another million emigrated—to England, to Australia, and, in greatest numbers, to America. They brought with them the politics of staying alive, invented by Daniel O’Connell, and the military bravado born of many failed rebellions against English rule. Into this mix add the gang wars of New York and the American Civil War, and you have the deadly and explosive circumstances of this story—the story of two men, one historical and one fictional, whose paths cross repeatedly and whose experience illuminates a crucial time in the making of America.

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William O'Neill received a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Minnesota. He worked as an English professor. His previous publications are nearly all on Irish literature. He is retired now, living in the woods of northern Wisconsin with his wife, Jeanette.
Published July 13, 2011 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 511 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This meticulously researched debut novel follows the trials and travels of two Irish men, one historical and one fictional, in the wake of the famine that crippled their country.

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