Immortal Irishman : The Irish Revolutionary Who Became An American Hero
New York Timesbestseller Without a shadow of a doubt this is one of the finest Irish American books ever written. --Niall O'Dowd,Irish America Egan has a gift for sweeping narrative . . . This is masterly work. --New York Times Book Review The Irish American story, with all its twists and triumphs, is told through the improbable life of one man. A dashing young orator during the Great Famine of the 1840s, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. But six months later, he was back from the dead in New York, instantly the most famous Irishman in America. Meagher's rebirth in America included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade from New York in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War. Twice shot from his horse while leading charges, left for dead in the Virginia mud, Meagher dreamt that Irish American troops, seasoned by war, would return to Ireland and liberate their homeland from British rule. In this irresistible story, irresistibly retold . . . with an Irishman's flair for the tragic, poetic anddramatic (Wall Street Journal), National Book Award winner Timothy Egan delivers a story, both rollicking and haunting, of one of the most famous Irish Americans of all time.