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The entertaining and informative story of the Emerald Isle,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Story of Ireland (Paperback)
"The Story of Ireland" by Richard Brassey and Stewart Ross is told between two maps of Ireland, the first of Ireland before 1500 and the other of Ireland after 1500. It starts, in the grand tradition of Michener, millions of years ago when Ireland was part of the huge super-continent Panagae. But then we have a whirlwind tour through Irish history, which includes Noah's grandson making up Gaelic from the best bits of all the languages created when the Tower of Babel fell, Irish icons like the Limerick Treaty Stone and Guiness beer, and the Great Famine. The information comes fast and furious, aided and abetted by funny pictures and witty captions, so that the result is a book that is more informative and entertaining. This is a book that can tell you how to become an English lord and identify all of the architectural sites in Dublin. If you can claim Irish descent, like one third of American presidents, then your children will probably enjoy this book more than if they are simply assigned to find out about the Emerald Isle for a school report. Brassey and Ross have also done "The Story of Scotland," and I would expect to see "The Story of Wales" from them before they get around to "The Story of England." Just a guess on my part, but I have my reasons.