May the Road Rise to Meet You: Everything You Need to Know About Irish American History

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When one speaks of "the Irish" in America, many images come to mind -- beautiful music and stirring legends passed down through the ages, a sense of humor that never fails to bring a laugh, and a stubborn tenacity combined with a legendary passion for life which has spawned the phrases "the fighting Irish" and "getting your Irish up". But where did these ideas originate, and what is the true history behind the stereotypes?In a lively, accessible question-and-answer format, "May the Road Rise to Meet You" covers everything from the Irishman who discovered America (no, Christopher Columbus was not Irish) to contemporary Irish-Americans making their mark in the world. Readers will get a fascinating portrait of the entire Irish-American experience, covering history, politics, the arts, sports, religion, and much more! A perfect book for sons and daughters of the auld sod.

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Michael Padden is a trial lawyer with the Federal Defender Division of the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn. He lives in Manhattan, and travels to Ireland at least once a year, where he has lectured in the law department at University College, in Cork.

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