Screenwriter and author Mark Bailey, president of the Save the Children Action network Mark Shriver, and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalists Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan discuss their new book, Nine Irish Lives: The Thinkers, Fighters, & Artists Who Helped Build America. Dr. Robert Mauro, director of the Boston College Irish Institute and Global Leadership Institute, moderates.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Through the battles they fought, the cases they argued, the novels they wrote and the lives they touched, these nine Irish men and women not only became American, but helped make our nation what it is today.
In the spirit of David McCullough’s Brave Companions, this anthology of popular American history presents the stories of nine incredible Irish immigrants written by nine contemporary Irish Americans. Rosie O’Donnell, for instance, the adoptive mother of five, tells the story of Margaret Haughery, known as “Mother of the Orphans;” filmmaker and activist Michael Moore writes about the original muckraking journalist, Samuel McClure; and celebrated actor Pierce Brosnan writes about silent film director Rex Ingram. Some of the figures profiled are well known, others have stories that are less often told; all are inspiring. Compelling history mixed with moving and personal reflection, this collection of portraits is at once uniquely intimate and surprisingly immediate.
More than one in 10 Americans claims Irish ancestry and, with its celebrity contributors, Nine Irish Lives will have strong appeal for those readers. It is also, though, a timely portrait of shared humanity. These are stories about immigrants—and in the tales of revolutionaries and visionaries, caretakers and unsung heroes, Nine Irish Lives reminds us of the values and the people that have shaped America.