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Author: Tim Pat Coogan Narrator: Roger Clark Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2017 ISBN: 9781541480940
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During a Biblical seven years in the middle of the nineteenth century, Ireland experienced the worst disaster a nation could suffer. Fully a quarter of its citizens either perished from starvation or emigrated in what came to be known as Gorta Mor, the Great Hunger. Waves of hungry peasants fled across the Atlantic to the United States, with so many dying en route that it was said, “you could walk dry-shod to America on their bodies.” In this sweeping history, Ireland’s best-known historian, Tim Pat Coogan, tackles the dark history of the Irish Famine and argues that it constituted one of the first acts of genocide. In what the Boston Globe calls “his greatest achievement,” Coogan shows how the British government hid behind the smoke screen of laissez-faire economics, the invocation of Divine Providence, and a carefully orchestrated publicity campaign, allowing more than a million people to die agonizing deaths and driving a further million into emigration. Unflinching in depicting the evidence, Coogan presents a vivid and horrifying picture of a catastrophe that shook the nineteenth century and finally calls to account those responsible.

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  • Many intriguing points [are] made in this book . . . Coogan's pages spark and sputter with a deep, lingering, well-cherished rage. Peter Behrens, The Washington Post

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About the Narrator

Roger Clark is a professional actor and voiceover artist who lives in New York City. He has performed in over forty-five countries.