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101 Things You Didn't Know about Irish History: The People, Places, Culture, and Tradition of the Emerald Isle by [Hackney, Ryan, Blackwell, Amy Hackney]
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Garland Kimmer received his Ph.D in Irish Studies from Chapel Hill. He currently lives in Massachusetts.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 523 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (14 Dec. 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047O2IO6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
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This book is a bit Dr Who's Tardis: It's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside! Very well researched and nicely presented providing an easily readable and informative guide through the salient points of Ireland's history and a great background to its culture and customs.
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I was enjoying this and learning a lot, until I came to page 119, where he refers to peat fires as 'foul smelling'. I was so horrified I had to close my Kindle!!

Irish people all over the world dream of this beautiful smell! It evokes home, safety, security. It is one of my favourite smells ever. I even bring little pieces back to England to burn on the patio heater just to get a little 'fix' of Ireland when I am away. (No open fire here in London).

This faux pas has weakened my faith in the rest of the book - if he can make such a massive error, how reliable is the rest of the information?

Having said that, it is easy to read and given his credentials I am sure his history is sound...and he seems like a nice man....and I'm sure he means well.....but peat is 'foul smelling'.... I cannot get past that!!
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I didn't think I'd be able to get through this at first but soon got hooked. Absolutely fascinating and written in an easily digestible form. Excellent, well worth a look.
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Why can't there be a populare history of Ireland without a ridiculous degree of bias and obvious legend. Henry II was not 'English', (as stated here) he couldn't speak English and would have been insulted if you called him English. He was the Norman King of England, Duke of Normandy and Brittany and through his wife, Duke of Aquitaine and made himself Lord of Ireland. A few 'English' (and other soldiers) were involved in his campaigns in Ireland, dominated by Normans. It does not help to muddle the island of Britian with the Kingdom of England.

It is full of terms like 'a downfall of Ireland's traditional population', when the protestant portion of Ireland becomes dominant over the Catholic and, throughout, treats the Catholic portion as 'true Irish' and the protestant portion as crypto-English. It claims that the slaughter of the protestants by the Ulster catholics in 1641, where they turned on the neighbours and killed around 5,000 (the authors say 2,000 to 150,000. Why?) of them with no direct provocation, was tinged by 'English' propaganda. Shocklingly they called it a 'massacre'! The cruel campaign of Cromwell at the end of the wars this not-a-massacre initiated, however, was obviously untained by exaggeration of propaganda, so much so that the authors are able to list 6 completely true and unexaggerated horrors.

And so it continues. Its odd because all the Irish I know are aware of the humbuggery, of the legend forming of the 19th century nationalists, as are the authors of this book, as they show by then occasional remark and by avoiding some of the more egregious nonsense put about. But somehow you can't admit it in public; like being gay twenty years ago, no one cares but, if you come out with it, it is shocking even if true.
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It starts off well enough, even the more recent historical items are ok. But and its a BIG but get to the more recent stuff and the items have a huge amount of repetition and seem based on vague opinion rather than any real facts. It feels then like a cut and paste of some American highschool assignments based on a combination of what "Granma remembers about the ol' country" and whatever rubbish they had seen on Fox News... 2 stars only because the first half of the book is less bad than the second. :-(
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This is a great book, I am only about 10 chapters in and love it, I am originally from Ireland left there 10 years ago, this is a summary of what I learned at school and had forgotten!
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I liked this book. It is interesting, very easy to read, and informative without being too detailed. i would recommend it to people who are interested in irish history, or those thinking of visiting ireland who want a quick 'catch up' on the history of the places they intend to visit. also, not too big to pack.!
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I bought this as a Christmas present for an Irish friend who found it to be fascinating, as indeed did I.
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