For the Cause of Liberty: A Thousand Years of Ireland's Heroes (Paperback)
A Thousand Years of Ireland's Heroes
Simon & Schuster, 9780684855578, 400pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2001
Journalist Terry Golway reconstructs the entire thousand-year history of Irish nationalism, covering each benchmark event in Ireland's political evolution and presenting a vivid, epic tale of both the famous and unsung patriots who changed the course of Ireland's history. Among these are Wolfe Tone, a leader of the 1798 rebellion who cut his own throat rather than submit to a hangman; Kevin Barry, executed at age eighteen rather than turn informer on the eve of independence in 1921; and Bobby Sands, an IRA militant who died on a hunger strike in 1981, calling international attention to the conflict in Northern Ireland.
The engaging and admirable story of how the Irish have saved themselves, For the Cause of Liberty is a peerless work of scholarship, and it offers a fresh context for the ongoing discussion of Ireland's political future.
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Praise For For the Cause of Liberty: A Thousand Years of Ireland's Heroes…
The perfect book -- written with the skill of a storyteller, the clarity of a working journalist, the scholarship of a veteran historian.
New York Post
A fine and very readable history...as fresh as a just-poured pint of Guinness.
author of Report from Engine Co. 82
The telling of popular history at its best....Every page vibrates with authenti-city and excitement.
An energetic and deeply informative work.