The "isle of poets and scholars" has known almost constant warfare for centuries. In 1920, it was divided into North and South; yet this purely political solution left a religious and cultural schism intact. This presentation follows Ireland's tragic course from St. Patrick to Britain's imposition of direct rule in 1974.More
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Nothing I already knew.
Firstly, this is a book about Irish history, WHY on earth is it being narrated by an American and an American with an accent that does not fit the history.
Secondly, WHY is it that the English accents are so Plummy, listen to live news recordings of the day, the English Never spoke that way.
Thirdly, WHY is it that the accents of the Irish were in what I would consider very poor Belfast Brogue, I grew up in Belfast and I can assure you that accents like these never existed, they appear to be just a bit extreme, in some respects quite off-putting.
Whilst some of the historic information was true the way in which it is delivered does not seem to fit the reality of the events, it is as if the author has copy and pasted information from other books...For me it did not feel right.
The use of real local people from the area the book is concerned with and using accents that are not over exaggerated, I do not recall hearing very much Southern Irish accents, and indeed the subject of Irish history is all about Southern and Northern Ireland.
Annoyance followed by disappointment to a degree.
- William Stewart