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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (177 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Kelly Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It started in 1845 and lasted six years. Before it was over, more than one million men, women, and children starved to death and another million fled the country. Measured in terms of mortality, the Great Irish Potato Famine was one of the worst disasters in the nineteenth century-it claimed twice as many lives as the American Civil War. A perfect storm of bacterial infection, political greed, and religious intolerance sparked this catastrophe. But even more extraordinary than its scope were its political underpinnings, and The Graves Are Walking provides fresh material and analysis on the role that nineteenth-century evangelical Protestantism played in shaping British policies and on Britain's attempt to use the famine to reshape Irish society and character.Perhaps most important, this is ultimately a story of triumph over perceived destiny: for fifty million Americans of Irish heritage, the saga of a broken people fleeing crushing starvation and remaking themselves in a new land is an inspiring story of exoneration.Based on extensive research and written with novelistic flair, The Graves Are Walking draws a portrait that is both intimate and panoramic, that captures the drama of individual lives caught up in an unimaginable tragedy, while imparting a new understanding of the famine's causes and consequences. Download and start listening now!

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  • [Kelly's] exhaustive research covers every aspect, threading the gruesome events into a huge panoramic tapestry that reveals political greed lurking behind the pestilence. Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nonnie Augustine | 2/20/2014

    " Whether or not you have Irish blood, this is a fascinating, horrible, revealing period of history. I now understand the 19th century, from the perspective of the frequently forgotten small farmer, laborer, and craftsman on a deeper level and this understanding includes the immigrants to Canada, Boston, and Staten Island, New York, where three of my great grandparents landed. Terrific book, but certainly sad reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Motheaten | 2/16/2014

    " A little too political for my taste, wanted to know more about the plight of the people and less about the political power issues of the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chrismcginn | 2/1/2014

    " Historical. Traces Irish famine causes and responses. Confirms for me that my Irish ancestors must have been Anglo-Irish Protestants most likely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John | 1/25/2014

    " The research for this book is unbelievable, very detailed. The book, however, was a bit boaring. "

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