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  • By Brian Igoe
    Dec 6, 2013
    The following review is by by Ashley LaMar of 'Closed the Cover':-. The Story of Ireland by Brian Igoe is a non-fiction book about the history of Ireland. It is a book that tells of Ireland’s rich past, its politics, its music, its poetry, its theatre and its ancient laws. It is a book, not of the country, but of the people of Ireland. The Story of Ireland takes a reader from approximately 3000 BC to 1366 AD. It could have been a disaster and it could have read a like a history textbook that students cringe upon opening but Igoe is too accomplished of an author to let such a rich and beautiful history fall into the trap of being a boring and tedious read. Instead, The Story of Ireland captures the beauty of the country and takes readers on a journey through it’s impressive past. Readers will be captured by Ireland’s history from the opening line. Igoe writes, “I sometimes think the story of Ireland should be written in blood.” The stereotypes of Irish history are vast – drinking,... More > potatoes, famine, St. Patrick, Snakes, Rain, Leprechauns, etc. To think of the history of Ireland written in blood? At first it seems absurd but then Igoe continues on to not only identify but explain this paradox in history. Ireland was a haven of learning, protected by the church, and full of decent people but then there was the other Ireland, the Ireland that was full of war and slaughter. Igoe blends these two perceptions of Ireland together along with all of her other intricacies throughout the entire novel. He discusses the people of Ireland – what they wore, what they ate and drank as well as how they lived. He also discusses the technical infrastructure of Ireland – her roads, her railways and her canals. Igoe mixes in details of Ireland’s textile industries and her agriculture alongside her financial revolution. It is, as the title states, the Story of Ireland. [More... To read the full review go to Review by Ashley LaMar Closed the Cover< Less
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Product Details

First edition
January 21, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.27 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
4.25 wide x 6.88 tall
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