This volume contains an interesting, carefully researched, personal Survey of Irish History and Culture extending from 3,000 B.C. to the present. The role of the Catholic Faith in this history and culture naturally looms large. The Irish story is fascinating, complex and replete with situations and personalities arousing profound human interest. The author's treatment combines a spirit of admiration with one of scholarly, historical objectivity. Those whose knowledge of Irish history and culture is rather vague or incomplete will find this book helpful for obtaining a comprehensive, bird's-eye view of the whole story.