Grand. Jay Dolan is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame. His latest book The Irish Americans: A History presents a comprehensive, factual and engaging story of the 250 or so years of immigration from Ireland to America, and the impact of the Irish on America. There’s tragedy and complexity in this story that Dolan displays with great dexterity: never making things seem more complicated that they are, and never minimizing the struggles and difficulties that have been a hallmark of this experience. Any reader who is Irish or Catholic or both will especially appreciate The Irish Americans. I thought I knew a lot about this history, but learned much after reading Dolan’s account. What I already knew came to life through Dolan’s engaging writing.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)