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Thomas Keneally, the Booker Prize-winning author of Schindler's List, is universally praised for crafting smooth narratives from authentic historical events. With The Great Shame, he turns his insightful eye toward the Irish struggle through the 19h century. In sharp contrast to much of Europe, Ireland was a terrible place to be during the 1800s. Many of the nation's finest people set sail for America and Canada. Others were forcibly exiled to Australia for committing crimes as minor as shoplifting. And approximately one million perished when a widespread potato fungus fueled a devastating famine. But the Irish survived - on their homeland and spanning the globe - making profound contributions to the world. Epic in scope, this account captures the humanity of these events and ultimately emerges as a message of hope and glory. Keneally, an Australian with Irish bloodties, powerfully examines many shattered lives - including those of his own relatives. Narrator John McDonough brings a spirit to this extraordinary book that will not soon be forgotten.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rifleman | 10/30/2013

    " A facinating look at the Irish people amd culture during the Diaspora. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Adam Szczepanski | 9/18/2013

    " I love these kinds of books, but The Great Shame became just too tedious for me. I only finished about a quarter, and I hope to revisit in the future. Keneally absolutely did his research and writes with authority, but in my eyes, this is also The Great Downfall of a potentially great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Thom Diggins | 8/20/2012

    " As an "Irish-American" I am appalled by the cruelty, oppression and exploitation of the Irish by the British. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bill | 4/29/2012

    " Interesting stories. Irish-Americans will recognize a lot in the experiences of Keneally's Irish-Australians. "

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