Winner • 2021 An Post Irish Book Award ― Nonfiction Book of the Year • from the judges: “The most remarkable Irish nonfiction book I’ve read in the last 10 years”; “[A] book for the ages.” “Masterful... astonishing... I came away from We Don’t Know Ourselves seeing modern Ireland more convincingly portrayed and explained than ever before.” ― Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic A celebrated Irish writer’s magisterial, brilliantly insightful chronicle of the wrenching transformations that dragged his homeland into the modern world. Fintan O’Toole was born in the year the revolution began. It was 1958, and the Irish government―in despair, because all the young people were leaving―opened the country...
Publisher: Liveright (March 15, 2022) Pages: 624 pages ISBN-10: 1631496530 ISBN-13: 978-1631496530 ASIN: B07PB4FL99
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Fintan O’Toole (born 16 February 1958) is a polemicist, literary editor, journalist and drama critic for The Irish Times, for which he has written since 1988. O’Toole was drama critic for the New York Daily News from 1997 to 2001 and is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. He is also an author, literary critic, historical writer, and political commentator. A number of his books focus on the rise, fall, and aftermath of Ireland’s Celtic Tiger and his critical views of England and its people. O’Toole was born in Dublin, grew up in a working-class family, and was educated at University College Dublin. In 2011, he was named by The Observer as one of “Britain’s top 300 intellectuals”, although he does not live in the UK. In 2012 and 2013 O’Toole was a visiting lecturer in Irish letters at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, and contributed to the Fund for Irish Studies Series.