Review by Choice Review
Hachey (Boston College) and McCaffrey (emer., Loyola Univ.-Chicago), veteran scholars of Irish history, have between them published dozens of books, including several collaborative textbooks, of which this title is the latest. Unfortunately, it is not the best. It does have notable virtues, including obvious mastery of the subject, very thorough and up-to-date coverage of political events, and clear (if leaden) prose. Against these important positives must be cited absence of a central theme, scattered and disjointed references to cultural and other nonpolitical subjects, many instances of inadequately identified persons and places, references to matters that are not followed up, inclusion of trivial facts that are irrelevant to the narrative, and generally lax editing. The few illustrations and maps add little to the text. Last but not least, both hardcover and paperback versions are inordinately expensive. Nevertheless, useful for undergraduates, who often access such texts on library shelves to get their bearings in a course. Summing Up: Optional. All general and undergraduate collections. D. M. Cregier University of Prince Edward Island
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