Nine Irish Lives: The Thinkers, Fighters, and Artists Who Helped Build America

Written by:
Mark Bailey

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2018
8 hours 7 minutes
In the spirit of David McCullough's Brave Companions, this anthology of popular American history presents the stories of nine incredible Irish immigrants as written by nine contemporary Irish Americans. Rosie O'Donnell, for instance, the adoptive mother of five, tells the story of Margaret Haughery, known as 'Mother of the Orphans'; filmmaker and activist Michael Moore writes about the original muckraking journalist, Samuel McClure; and celebrated actor Pierce Brosnan writes about silent film director Rex Ingram. Some of the figures profiled are well known, others have stories that are less often told; all are inspiring. Compelling history mixed with moving and personal reflection, this collection of portraits is at once uniquely intimate and surprisingly immediate.

More than one in ten Americans claims Irish ancestry and, with its celebrity contributors, Nine Irish Lives will have strong appeal for those listeners. It is also, though, a timely portrait of shared humanity. These are stories about immigrants-and in the tales of revolutionaries and visionaries, caretakers and unsung heroes, Nine Irish Lives reminds us of the values and the people that have shaped America.
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this was a very interesting listen...not sure if I would actually have sat down and fully read it in print. the narrators gave it the irish accent which is what made it enjoyable to listen too. I have been told I am irish but I only know my mothers side of the family and they never talked about heritage...i tried to search my birth name but it comes up from England (Wilkinson) and my mother told me once and never spoke of him ever that my biological fathers last name was Brooks...although she knew nothing more then his history or any other information about him...I've looked up Brooks and that still only comes up from mother married a Poe who adopted me but I'm still someone without a heritage....since I was little I always spoke of wanting to go to Ireland...and you this day I still wish to go... I have a daughter now 18 and her father is a Donnelly and I've been told by his father that they are Irish...its the searching that becomes difficult because neither of our families talked about our ancestors much due to marriages and adoptions so mostly lack of actually information to go on...this book made me feel the need to dig more...but how?

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