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Ireland in America
on May 3, 2014
This is a well researched book which taps into a broad subject, developed over a long time span. I believe the author did a good job in having a balanced point of view, and discussed the positive and negative with equitable fairness to all parties involved. Because this book discussed a number of different eras, and this was not a lengthy book, certain subject areas were not discussed in the depth that could have been. However, the author did an excellent job of encapsulating epochs within the limitations of the space of the different chapters, each of which could have been a book, or several, in its own right.
Being the product of Catholic schools of the 1960s, on visiting relations in Ireland (thrice) I am struck by the Catholic culture which was so much a part of our lives in those days. There is a genorosity of spirit there which survivives to this day, something I've not encountered in most places travelled in the US. The author did a good job discussing the evolving role of the Catholic church.
All in all, a good read. To become a great read, we would need something nearly encyclopedic.