Though he doesn't abstain from including the usual roster of famous Irish prizefighters, actors and politicians (including...

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AMERICA IS ALSO IRISH

Though he doesn't abstain from including the usual roster of famous Irish prizefighters, actors and politicians (including Joe McCarthy as well as the Kennedys) Webb takes adequate stock of the major sociological factors in the Irish experience -- beginning with the ""coffin ships"" on which generations of refugees from famine arrived. Other chapters feature the saga of the Molly Maguires (though, since both miners and Pinkerton James McParlan were Irish, Webb doesn't find it necessary to take sides), the anti-Catholic No-Nothing movement, and the rise of the Irish politico. Basically colorless despite the addition of a few ""Pat and Mike"" jokes, the text is equal to the standards of a mediocre genre, but neither the trite, cramped sketches nor a generally unprepossessing format suggest the ""Irish lilt"" that Webb describes but fails to communicate.

Pub Date: Jan. 9, 1973

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Putnam

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1973