The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845-1849
The Irish potato famine of the 1840s, perhaps the most appalling event of the Victorian era, killed over a million people and drove as many more to emigrate to America. It may not have been the result of deliberate government policy, yet British 'obtuseness, short-sightedness and ignorance' - and stubborn commitment to laissez-faire 'solutions' - largely caused the disaster and prevented any serious efforts to relieve suffering. The continuing impact on Anglo-Irish relations was incalculable, the immediate human cost almost inconceivable. In this vivid and disturbing book Cecil Woodham-Smith provides the definitive account.'A moving and terrible book. It combines great literary power with great learning. It explains much in modern Ireland - and in modern America' D.W. Brogan.
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A devestating review of the details of the almost unimaginably horrible Irish famine of the late 1800's. Relentless and eye-opening.
Jim Cramer mentioned it on "Mad Money" and I picked it up at the library that week out of curiosity. Wow. I have to admit though, I only read half of it by the time it was due back, and haven't re-checked it out yet. The first half was harrowing enough, and I don't know if I want to learn what came later.
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A very good book, not dry at all. I'd have preferred a bit more analysis about the effects that the famine conditions had on present-day Ireland (or at least present day at the time that the book was published), but that's a minor thing. Quite fascinating overall. Read full review