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The Immortal Irishman - Timothy Egan

The Immortal Irishman

By Timothy Egan

  • Release Date: 2016-03-01
  • Genre: United States
Score: 4.5
From 123 Ratings


"An old-fashioned tale of tall talk, high ideals,and irresistible appeal . . . You will not read a historical thriller like this all year . . . [Egan] is a master storyteller." —Boston Globe

“Egan has a gift for sweeping narrative . . . and he has a journalist’s eye for the telltale detail . . . This is masterly work.” — New York Times Book Review

In this exciting and illuminating work, National Book Award winner Timothy Egan delivers a story, both rollicking and haunting, of one of the most famous Irish Americans of all time. A dashing young orator during the Great Hunger of the 1840s, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony for life. But two years later he was “back from the dead” and in New York, instantly the most famous Irishman in America. Meagher’s rebirth included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War. Afterward, he tried to build a new Ireland in the wild west of Montana—a quixotic adventure that ended in the  great mystery of his disappearance, which Egan resolves convincingly at last.
“This is marvelous stuff. Thomas F. Meagher strides onto Egan's beautifully wrought pages just as he lived—powerfully larger than life. A fascinating account of an extraordinary life.” — Daniel James Brown, author of The Boys in the Boat
“Thomas Meagher’s is an irresistible story, irresistibly retold by the virtuosic Timothy Egan . . . A gripping, novelistic page-turner.” — Wall Street Journal



  • ‘‘Tis he

    By TMCMC-1
    To come to an understanding that famine and revolution don’t equate to a successful overthrow of “the occupation.” To think one escapes the shackles of captivity only to fall into the carnage of the US Civil War. To live in multiple worlds in one’s lifetime but never lose his love of mother country and his “people.” Ah...‘‘tis he.
  • Recommended from a friend

    By zeromax001
    I was looking for a book to read while I traveled, this was one of the books recommended to me. After reading the reviews and description I decided to download the book. I never heard of Thomas Meagher until I read this book. What I most enjoyed about was the Irish history and learning about Brigadier General Thomas Meagher. I knew nothing about how the British treated Ireland, nothing about the uprisings and basically nothing about Irish history. I love early American history and I have read a lot about the civil war, this was another perspective that I enjoyed. As I finished the book I happened to be in Glacier National Park in Montana. I decided to stop in Helena to see the statue. Very much enjoyed reading this book and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical reads..
  • The Irish History I Never Knew

    By Nadyelof
    Many thanks to Mr. Egan for his eye opening account of Irish immigration to America. I'm also of Irish descent on my fathers side with relatives still living on my great-grandfather's farm in the county of Kerry and the town or district of Slaughts taken from my grandfather's birth certificate dated 1881. My great-grandfather signed with his mark (x). I so often read about the black experience in America, but I believe, after reading about the Irish experience, that had it just as bad. Make no mistake on my part, no man should be a slave to any man of any heritage and I believe that with all my heart. Mr. Egan your book opened my eyes to a world I never knew. I wonder if the books" The Count of Monte Cristo" and "Papillon" we're modelled after General Meagher's life? Thank you for such a great work.
  • Exceptional Book

    By Emmet Aloysius
    Egan does a masterful job of telling the story of an Irish rebel who I had never heard of before and which I am ashamed to admit. Full of adventure and history while spread across the globe in a fascinating true life tale. Admirable of Egan to convey his story in 320 pages too!
  • Amazing True Story

    By Cyber_Grunt
    That will leave you wanting to know more. Timothy Egan did a great job on this book, research was impeccable.
  • Excellent

    By Rob Iverson
    Excellently written history of the Irish nation and their contributions to our early nation. Their role in the civil war was most insightful all centering around a man that I had never heard of but who left a memorable history.