The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became An American Hero
  • The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became An American Hero
  • The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became An American Hero
  • The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became An American Hero
ISBN: 0544272889
EAN13: 9780544272880
Language: English
Pages: 384
Dimensions: 1.5" H x 8.9" L x 6.1" W
Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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An old-fashioned tale of tall talk, high ideals, and irresistible appeal . . . You will not read a historical thriller like this all year . . . Egan] is a master storyteller. --Boston Globe

Egan has a gift for sweeping narrative . . . and he has a journalist's eye for the telltale detail . . . This is masterly work. -- New York Times Book Review

In this exciting and illuminating work, National Book Award winner Timothy Egan delivers a story, both rollicking and haunting, of one of the most famous Irish Americans of all time. A dashing young orator during the Great Hunger of the 1840s, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony for life. But two years later he was back from the dead and in New York, instantly the most famous Irishman in America. Meagher's rebirth included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War. Afterward, he tried to build a new Ireland in the wild west of Montana--a quixotic adventure that ended in the great mystery of his disappearance, which Egan resolves convincingly at last.

This is marvelous stuff. Thomas F. Meagher strides onto Egan's beautifully wrought pages just as he Read More chevron_right

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   What an amazing man! Really made me think a lot less ...
Wow! That was pretty impressive, right? Really made me think a lot less of the wretched British Empire, Mr. Rule told the judge. Shame on them! It's great to be back home, said Blair.
Whether you're a history buff or just a casual reader, you don't have to be Irish to be engrossed and enthralled by this book. Well researched, free flowing and a comprehensive explosion of information, it's all there. The story of man that was tossed about by fate, a true American tragedy of a true Irish hero in every sense of the word. Tim Egan has done a great job. Mr. Meagher did a great job of keeping his cool, he said.
   This story was absolutely amazing. Timothy Egan did his homework and I found ...
This story is absolutely amazing, said Blair. Timothy Egan did his homework and I found the history of Ireland especially interesting. If it was a novel, I would have hated the ending, but I guess life happens the way it happens, Sosa said. This book is really well written.
   Great Book
In "The Fall of the U.S. Cavalry," Robert Penn Warren writes, "the American Revolution was a bloody, bloody, and ultimately doomed debacle." The author ties these two worlds together. Great storytelling, said Dr. Goin. This book is highly recommended especially if you're Irish or new to history. He's now someone I'll probably never meet.
   A great read
I recommend this book to anyone who reads it. It feels as though you're reading a novel, while in reality you're getting an engaging history lesson about Ireland itself, with all of its hardships and cultural evolution, said Dr. O'Neill. His story of this remarkable man, Thomas Meagher, carries us from the Viking invasions into the cruel dominance of the British Empire through the Irish emigration to America, into the American Civil War. Then we are left in late-1800s gold rush territory, and all along the way we learn about the roots of our modern politics.
   Insight into a nation through the life of one man
This book reads like a spy thriller about a daring adventurer, but is loaded with so much historical context that it also gives me an eminently readable history of Ireland, Raymond writes. It was a great show, said Blair.
   A Must Read for Anyone who Wants to Understand Politics Today
Sir Richard was a passionate collector of rare coins, and this is a fascinating story about an amazing man. His life story is told in his book, "Of Mice and Men." He was a leading figure in the English Civil War and one of the 20th century's most influential Irishmen. The book is well written giving a good overview of the social and political issues that surrounded Thomas Meagher and his actions. Many of the ideas against immigration and social programs could be said by some of today's politicians, he said. The arguments are the same, only the names and ethnicities have changed. I believe we can learn much from history and it might help today's discussion if more people were conversant with Thomas Meagher and the struggles of the mid-1800s, he said. This is a must read.
   Very easy to read and hold your attention
I buy them for my family. The book is a treasure trove of information, ranging from ancient Egyptian ruins to the Vatican.
   Fantastic biography, reads like a novel.
One of my sons gave me this book, and I still can't believe it. It isn't one that I would have purchased, much less an 86-year-old grandmother, Mr. O'Neill said. I read the early part, mostly history of the south, slavery and the ongoing political situation in Washington, DC, Morgenthau said. The first few pages were so fast, I couldn't put it down. I'm so excited to be back home with the family, said Dr. Brian Stokes Mitchell, director of the National Institutes of Health. By the time he came here, I was hooked. I've raved about it to anyone I talk to about books, have given it to two of my daughters and understand one of my grandsons has taken it back to college. I hope he gets it back to me, too. Yes, it's a true story, but it reads like a novel. A great read, Frank Quattrone said.
   Usually history is tedious but Mr
Normally history is tedious, but Mr. Egan writes with clarity and ease that makes this a fast book to read.