OF IRISH HISTORY
A history of Ireland from ancient times to the present by six leading historians and a cartographer. This book’s use of maps well illustrates the social, political, economic and cultural changes in Ireland over 10,000 years. Hardcover, 144 glossy pages, $27.50.
CELTIC MYTH AND LEGEND
An A-Z of People and Places
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For those who feel like escaping into the Celtic twilight, this paperback presents a dictionary style list of historical characters, locations, symbols and fables making up the story of the Celts. Sterling publishers, (212) 532-7160.
THE IRA AND ITS ENEMIES
Violence and Community in Cork, 1916-1923
War, like politics, can be distinctly local. In this meticulously researched book, Peter Hart, of Queen’s University, Belfast and Memorial University, Newfoundland, explores the lives, deaths and victims of "the most powerful guerrillas of twentieth-century Ireland," those of the Cork IRA 1916-23. Oxford University Press, $75.
POWER OF THE NUNS
Women, Religion, & Cultural Change in Ireland, 1750-1900
Mary Peckham Magray
The author argues that the Irish Catholic cultural revolution of the nineteenth century was caused not just by male elites but by "the most overlooked and most underestimated women in Ireland: the nuns." Oxford, $45.
THE SECRET ROSE
Love Poems by W.B. Yeats
Edited by A. Norman Jeffares
A chronological collection of love poems by one of the masters of the genre. Includes a biographical sketch of Yeats. Hardcover, $14.95 Roberts Rinehart, (303) 652-2685.