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"Excellent book written by a British Professor of History" - by Mr. Robert Maitland (County Antrim UK)
Excellent book written by a British Professor of History. Very good for those people with limited knowledge of Irish history

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"Excellent introduction!" - by Mrs. F. M. Robertson (UK)
An absorbing, very well written and engaging history recommended for anyone who wishes for a useful overview of Irish history. It also benefits from an excellent bibliographical essay that encourages the reader to explore the subject further.

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"akin to Beckett's classic" - by M. O. Hogartaigh (Ireland)
This book is akin to J.C Beckett's classic text 'The Making of Modern Ireland, 1603-1923' (1966). Witty assessments of leading politicians make for an entertaining read and Bartlett's judgements will be cited for many years.

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"A Stunning Overview" - by historybuff
As a history student who has ploughed through many books on Irish history in the course of research, I would say this is a rare, perhaps unique, example of a text that gives you a comprehensive sense of the main currents of Irish history, while still being entertaining to read and easily digestible. Neil Hegarty's style is light and accomplished, making you feel that you are in the company of a writer who not only has the central developments of each major phase of this story at his fingertips, but who is also able to offer reliable, well considered, yet pithy, sometimes witty judgments on the significance of key events and historical actors. A central insight and achievement of this book is the way in which it reveals the simultaneous operation of several different processes and influences in the main phases of Irish history: the divisions within the island itself, ... full review

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"A great deal of reading" - by Moonhare
Lots of information in this interesting book. Learned a good deal re. education, farming, woolen industry. Different Acts and how they came into being and very much more. So much information, I need to go back to it. In my opinion, those researching ancestors can learn a lot about life then from this book.

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"The history and the legends." - by Andy (UK)
I downloaded this onto my new Kindle having trawled through various potentially interesting books to give them a go. Imagine yourself then if you will sat around a big roaring fire being told tales of the old Ireland and some of its peoples from the earliest of days all passed down over the years. Some will be fact and some will be a bit less so and some may be darn right tongue in cheek (almost Lord of the Rings stuff) but your eyes will be opened and you will be set off thinking and noting for future reading up on all sorts of historical and geographical matters. The history and battles you will read about just go on and on. I never faltered from soaking this book up as it advances along through the years. Written I think in a balanced way it just tells tales about groups of ... full review

"I am a great admirer of John Bowman" - by Chorale
I am a great admirer of John Bowman. He gently reminds us on RTE Radio 1 on Sunday mornings of the significance of often forgotten radio recordings for our understanding of how Ireland has evolved. In some ways this is the written equivalent, with the editor presenting his miscellany of choices he has come across and treasured over a number of decades. His loyal listeners will be delighted to know that his cadences are felt in both the introductory chapter and in the brief introductions to the writers of the extracts he presents.
The title says it all, but also reveals the book's limitations, as there are many 'Irelands' as Bowman acknowledges. What the reader gets are short extracts, 1-4 pages, which provide snapshots of reactions to mainly political events and their consequences (e.g. from the Rising to Water Charges) in Ireland since 1916. As with any miscellany I wish ... full review

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"Masterly and comprehensive, if occasionally a bit of a slog" - by Andrew Hume (Seoul, South Korea)
Interested to learn more about a country I have visited many times and may well be seeing a lot more of in the near future, I picked this off the shelf as the best of the options available to me.
It's extremely well written and comprehensively covers the whole of modern Irish history in a balanced and authoritative way.
If I have one criticism, it is sometimes somewhat heavy going; if I can add another, in some places it assumes knowledge which the reader may not have. Although I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about modern history, it's precisely becaase I don't know about the history of Ireland that I bought and read the book, and a little more explanation in some places would have been welcome.
But that said, (and unless anyone knows better) I would certainly recommend this to anyone with a serious desire to learn more about Irish ... full review

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"A good read, very relevant culturally and politically, and an excellent supplier" - by Fodhla
An interesting account in this book of Carr's walking the borderland between the Republic of Ireland and the six north eastern counties of Northern Ireland - an area largely neglected by both jurisdictions in the country but currently in the news because of Brexit and the implications of that for a return to a hard border which , after several years of peace, nobody in Ireland wants. Carr talks to local people, gets to know their interests and observes their way of live, culture and sense of humour. Lucidly written, and peopled by various characters - though I wouldn't have misseddone his long , adulatory chapter on Barry Mc Guigan - hardly remarkable for anything other than his boxing skills!. Overall, a very informative and enjoyable read. The service of the book supplier was prompt, and the price very competitive - an excellent service, and one I shall ... full review

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"Must Read" - by Wendy (England)
Just really great fun, interesting and informative with a great sense of humour. Read book in a couple of hours and it made me want to delve a lot deeper into the history of Ireland

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"... off a few purchased for my husband who is delighted with it" - by Mrs. E. Campbell
One off a few purchased for my husband who is delighted with it. A nice read

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"This should be a standard requirement for anyone living on ..." - by William Orneil
This should be a standard requirement for anyone living on these isles. The British generally have little notion of the history of Ireland.