- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; First Edition edition (September 14, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806138475
- ISBN-13: 978-0806138473
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,911,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Paul R. Wylie, a retired attorney and now an independent researcher and writer, is author of The Irish General: Thomas Francis Meagher. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.
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The author does a terrific job of taking us through Meagher's efforts to muster an all Irish Regiment and that Regiment's exploits in the war. The General and his Irish Brigade ended the war among the highest casualty rates of any unit of the war and the terrible price his men paid weighed heavily on Meagher's mind.
But as the General begins to drink more heavily and his career turns to politics the writer delves deeper into the detail of Meagher's last year. The author is a lawyer from Montana so the detail into this part of the General's life is probably expected, but Meagher's final year is certainly not the highlight of his life, nor of this book. That year was dominated with minutia of Montana Politics and Indian / American affairs, the General's ill health and budgetary processes dominate the final paragraphs of the book to the book's detriment.
Finally, the General's death was shrouded in mystery and for ages has stirred mentions of collusion, murder and even suicide. But the author saves the General's death and the after math for only the final six or eight pages.
I am certainly happy that I purchased the book and read it and would still recommend it to anyone interested in the fascinating life of Thomas Francis Meagher. You will fly through the first 150 pages riveted by the passion with which Meagher fought for an Independent Ireland and the drama of his unit's actions in this country's bloodiest war. But as his life drags on to an untimely and unromantic ending the book drags as well.