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From the Earth, a Cry: The Story of John Boyle O'Reilly [Paperback]

Ian Kenneally
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10 Aug 2011
John Boyle O'Reilly (1844 1890) is one of Ireland's most remarkable historical figures: a man who was, during his lifetime, an internationally renowned journalist, writer and humanitarian. Born in Meath, O'Reilly later worked in England before joining the British army. Ostensibly a proud soldier, O'Reilly lived a double life as a recruiter for the revolutionary Fenian Brotherhood. He was discovered and convicted, serving time in a succession of prisons from Mountjoy to Dartmoor. He was eventually transported to Western Australia from where he made a spectacular escape to the United States. It was in the US, during a time of intense economic and social turmoil, where O'Reilly's brilliance flourished. As editor of The Pilot, a Boston newspaper, he became a powerful advocate of the rights of workers and African Americans. He retained a strong commitment to Ireland and was an important part of the Land League and Home Rule movements, working closely with Michael Davitt and Charles Stewart Parnell. A good friend of John Devoy, O'Reilly was a key participant in the famed Catalpa rescue. A complex and charismatic personality, O'Reilly's popularity transcended race, religion and nationality. Among his friends and contemporaries he could count figures as diverse as Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, Oscar Wilde and Jeremiah O Donovan Rossa. Based on research in Ireland, Australia and the United States, From The Earth, A Cry is a compelling account of an extraordinary life.

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: The Collins Press (10 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848891318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848891319
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 13.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,064,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Kenneally, from County Limerick, studied at University College Cork where he completed an MPhil in History. He is currently researching a PhD at NUI Galway. He combines his love of travel and history in his writing. The Paper Wall and Courage & Conflict are his previous books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible life 23 Oct 2011
By Litfan
From The Earth, A Cry does a remarkable job of bringing life to the story of John Boyle O'Reilly, a nineteenth century Irishman who was both a British soldier and a Fenian. I had been aware of O'Reilly's poetry but I knew little of his time as a convict in England and Australia or of his career in the United States. Kenneally's engaging and well-researched text manages to cover all of O'Reilly's life and the chapters that cover O'Reilly's role as a civil rights activist and newspaper editor in the United States are fascinating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read 26 April 2012
'From The Earth, A Cry', tells the story of John Boyle O' Reilly, a journalist, writer and humanitarian from Ireland who lived in the second half of the 19th Century.
Although he died aged 46, O Reilly packed alot into his time on earth. He initially served in the British army while working undercover for the Fenian Brotherhood. On being caught he was evantually transported to Australia before making a daring escape to the United States. It was here he made his name as editor of the Boston newspaper, 'The Pilot', and on whose pages he promoted his views on the rights of workers and African Americans.
A well written book with a wealth of source material, 'From The Earth, A Cry' is an engaging read of a hitherto neglected figure in Irish history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars earth a cry 4 Oct 2011
By Sean
From The Earth A Cry tells the story of John Boyle O'Reilly.It is a very well written well researched book that ignites the readers interest bringing them on a journey through every aspect of the amazing life of O'Reilly.A life which crossed Ireland,England,Australia,America and also entered the history of Canada and Africa.Touching the lives of African Americans in a way no Irish man has done before or since except for maybe John F.Kennedy(Irish American).O'Reilly counted amoung his friends Michael Davitt,Charles Stewart Parnell,John Devoy,O'Dovonan Rossa to name just a few.I could not or would not try to cover every aspect of a book that needs to be read to be appreciated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 9 Aug 2013
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A very interesting story. I was fascinated
I recommend it highly. Great for Irish history lovers. get it read it
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 10 May 2012
By John Paul O'Donovan - Published on
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This is an incredible book and a real page turner as the author managaes to pack in the O Reillys life into a short book. I found it to be a fascinating tale of one of Ireland's lesser known historical figures. The range of primary material available throughout the book also made it a very enjoyable read.
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