Maine Irish Reads

“This is an enthralling, panoramic book, a personal history of six decades of Irish life, from one of the foremost chroniclers of contemporary Ireland. With his customary deep erudition and sly wit, O’Toole weaves together an astonishing array of material, from political history to economic analysis to literature, the theatre, the press, the church, the role of television and pop culture, and Ireland’s intense and intimate connection to the United States. Jostling with anecdotes and arresting statistics, We Don’t Know Ourselves is a feast: a deeply absorbing chronicle of the “known and unknowable,” and of the profound transformation of a place.”
–Patrick Radden Keefe, New York Times best-selling author of Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

Fintan O’Toole is a columnist for the Irish Times and a professor at Princeton University. A regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and the Guardian and the author of several books, he lives in Princeton, New Jersey, and Dublin, Ireland.

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