The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan audiobook

The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero

By Timothy Egan
Read by Gerard Doyle

Brilliance Audio 9780544272880
14.13 Hours Unabridged
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From the National Book Award–winning and bestselling author Timothy Egan comes the epic story of one of the most fascinating and colorful Irishman in nineteenth-century America. 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, in which a million of his Irish countrymen died, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. He escaped and six months later was heralded in the streets of New York—the revolutionary hero, back from the dead, at the dawn of the great Irish immigration to 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—Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg. Twice shot from his horse while leading charges, left for dead in the Virginia mud, Meagher’s dream was that Irish-American troops, seasoned by war, would return to Ireland and liberate their homeland from British rule. The hero’s last chapter, as territorial governor of Montana, was a romantic quest for a true home in the far frontier. His death has long been a mystery to which Egan brings haunting, colorful new evidence.

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Summary

Summary

PEN Literary Award Finalist

From the National Book Award–winning and bestselling author Timothy Egan comes the epic story of one of the most fascinating and colorful Irishman in nineteenth-century America.

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, in which a million of his Irish countrymen died, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. He escaped and six months later was heralded in the streets of New York—the revolutionary hero, back from the dead, at the dawn of the great Irish immigration to 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—Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg. Twice shot from his horse while leading charges, left for dead in the Virginia mud, Meagher’s dream was that Irish-American troops, seasoned by war, would return to Ireland and liberate their homeland from British rule.

The hero’s last chapter, as territorial governor of Montana, was a romantic quest for a true home in the far frontier. His death has long been a mystery to which Egan brings haunting, colorful new evidence.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Egan has a gift for sweeping narrative…[and] a journalist’s eye for the telltale detail…This is masterly work.” New York Times Book Review
“The author tells Meagher’s exhilarating story with an Irishman’s flair for the tragic, poetic, and dramatic…A gripping, novelistic page-turner.” Wall Street Journal
“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
“Stirring and magnificent…Egan combines deep reporting with masterful storytelling to chronicle this bigger-than-life figure.” Dallas Morning News
“Meagher lived life full-tilt, with old-fashioned honor as well as courage and dash, so inspiring Egan that the prose flashes and flares.” Booklist (starred review)
“Egan’s impeccable research, uncomplicated readability, and flowing narrative reflect his deep knowledge of a difficult and complex man.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Timothy Egan

Author Bio: Timothy Egan

Timothy Egan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, a New York Times columnist, and the author of several books. His Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher was named Best of the Month by Amazon.com, and The Worst Hard Time won a National Book Award for nonfiction and was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a New York Times Notable Book, a Washington State Book Award winner, and a Book Sense Book of the Year Honor Book.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 14.13
Audience: Adult
Language: English