The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People

Bestseller The Graves Are Walking The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People By John Kelly is Book John Kelly specializes in narrative history He is the author of The Gra

Bestseller The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People By John Kelly is Book John Kelly specializes in narrative history He is the author of The Graves Are Walking The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People The Great Mortality An Intimate History of the Black Death The Most Devastating Plague of all Time Three on the Edge and Kelly lives in New York City and Sandisfield, Massachusetts.. A magisterial account of one of the worst disasters to strike humankind the Great Irish Potato Famine conveyed as lyrical narrative history from the acclaimed author of The Great MortalityDeeply researched, compelling in its details, and startling in its conclusions about the appalling decisions behind a tragedy of epic proportions, John Kelly s retelling of the awful stA magisterial account of one of the worst disasters to strike humankind the Great Irish Potato Famine conveyed as lyrical narrative history from the acclaimed author of The Great MortalityDeeply researched, compelling in its details, and startling in its conclusions about the appalling decisions behind a tragedy of epic proportions, John Kelly s retelling of the awful story of Ireland s great hunger will resonate today as history that speaks to our own times.It started in 1845 and before it was over than one million men, women, and children would die and another two million would flee the country Measured in terms of mortality, the Great Irish Potato Famine was the worst disaster in the nineteenth century it claimed twice as many lives as the American Civil War A perfect storm of bacterial infection, political greed, and religious intolerance sparked this catastrophe But even extraordinary than its scope were its political underpinnings, and The Graves Are Walking provides fresh material and analysis on the role that Britain s nation building policies played in exacerbating the devastation by attempting to use the famine to reshape Irish society and character Religious dogma, anti relief sentiment, and racial and political ideology combined to result in an almost inconceivable disaster of human suffering.This is ultimately a story of triumph over perceived destiny for fifty million Americans of Irish heritage, the saga of a broken people fleeing crushing starvation and remaking themselves in a new land is an inspiring story of revival.Based on extensive research and written with novelistic flair, The Graves Are Walking draws a portrait that is both intimate and panoramic, that captures the drama of individual lives caught up in an unimaginable tragedy, while imparting a new understanding of the famine s causes and consequences.. The best Book The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People Although I didn't like this as much as Kelly's previous book on the Black Death, The Great Mortality, it was certainly an absorbing read and a sobering one. I hadn't known much about the potato famine before reading this, but it wasn't one of those kind of books where prior knowledge was required to fully understand the text.The saddest thing of all about the story, I think, is that it wasn't anything evil that doomed the Irish. Contrary to what some people believe, no one was deliberately trying to starve the Irish to death. The British weren't practicing genocide like the Soviets did to Ukraine during the Holodomor. Rather, it was a kind of Hurricane Katrina like situation: the government was trying to help, but it didn't have a clue what it was doing and ignorance and self-interest and misplaced priorities prevented any real progress from being made. And so millions died.Well worth a read for anyone interested in this kind of thing, though I prefer straight-out plagues to famines.
The Graves Are Walking The Great Famine and the Saga of The Graves Are Walking The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People was a well researched and documented history of the Irish Potato Famine beginning in when a fungus like organism spread rapidly throughout Ireland, and ran rampant over the next several years, causing suffering and death throughout Ireland John Kelly documents all facets of this suffering from the accounts of the The Graves Are Walking The Great Famine and The Graves Are Walking is an engrossing chronicle of an historic tragedy that forever changed Ireland, Britain, and America Kelly conveys the rawness of Irish suffering with a powerful intimacy an entire nation reduced to a single wish survival Amanda Foreman, author of the acclaimed A World on Fire an Epic History of Two Nations Divided and the international bestseller Georgiana, Duchess of The Graves Oct , Megan and Abby Graves are inseparable sisters that couldn t be less alike Megan just graduated ASU with a marketing degree She s a self assured, naturally attractive rock chick with a black belt that she likes to use Abby just barely graduated high school. The Graves Are Walking The Great Famine and the Saga of The Graves Are Walking is an engrossing chronicle of an historic tragedy that forever changed Ireland, Britain, and America Kelly conveys the rawness of Irish suffering with a powerful intimacy an entire nation reduced to a single wish survival. New York City Mass Graves On Island Are Increasing Because Apr , New York City Mass Graves On Island Are Increasing Because Of COVID Coronavirus Live Updates New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged that people are being buried at the city s Graves Disease Ways to Help Manage Symptoms Dr Axe Dec , Graves disease is acommon autoimmune disordercharacterized by an overproduction of thyroid hormones Thethyroid is considered one of the most important endocrine glands in the body, since it produces hormones that affect nearly every aspect of life hunger, sleep, reproduction, energy levels, metabolism, body weight and .

  1. John Kelly specializes in narrative history He is the author of The Graves Are Walking The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People The Great Mortality An Intimate History of the Black Death The Most Devastating Plague of all Time Three on the Edge and Kelly lives in New York City and Sandisfield, Massachusetts.

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  1. Although I didn t like this as much as Kelly s previous book on the Black Death, The Great Mortality, it was certainly an absorbing read and a sobering one I hadn t known much about the potato famine before reading this, but it wasn t one of those kind of books where prior knowledge was required to fully understand the text.The saddest thing of all about the story, I think, is that it wasn t anything evil that doomed the Irish Contrary to what some people believe, no one was deliberately trying [...]


  2. Available as a two part, 14 hour audio book download.Honor the suffering of millions of now still voices and forgotten names of Ireland by listening to or reading their story in this narrative or one like it It s appropriate than drinking cheap beer in a green cardboard hat.Just like certain problems of today, the cause of the Irish potato famine a fungus was known, but the people who knew were insufficiently media savvy and charming, so their voices were drowned out by people with wrong ideas [...]


  3. The Graves Are Walking is another of the current histories of the Potato Famine that places much of the blame on British governmental policy, but this work goes much farther.Author John Kelly shows how a potato blight, opportunistic disease and social policy combined to turn a natural disaster into a deadly famine From 1845 to 1847 Ireland was transformed from a poor, overcrowded country into a living hell The blight began on the continent whence it spread to Ireland and Scotland What made the I [...]


  4. The Irish potato famine is something I remember hearing about in school but never really understanding it The Graves Are Walking The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish filled in that gap in my historical knowledge It is incredible to me, as this book shows, how ideology and religion can blind people, and be used to justify terrible suffering Ireland in 1846, at the beginning of the famine, had a population of about 8 million At the end of the famine 1.5 million were dead and at least another [...]


  5. There was some warning that the potato blight was on its way the fungus worked its way across Europe in a westerly direction but the questions uppermost on the minds of laissez faire public officials were How can we 1t allow relief to encourage a lifestyle of dependency 2ke the Irish landord as opposed to the English taxpayer bear the cost of relief and 3.enable the Irish agricultural export market to continue as usual When the blight hit, producing two years of near total potato crop failure, t [...]


  6. An amazing book My knowledge of the potato famine was naive enough to believe that the major problem was the blight that caused the famine It was the impetus, but what transpired afterward was heartbreaking and maddening Between the governmental abuses of power and their ineptitude in handling the situation, the moralist attempts to use the famine and ensuing pestilence to show God s punishment on these lower people , and the overall prejudice toward the Irish, it is amazing that any survived Jo [...]


  7. In the early part of this historical account of one of the great human tragedies to affect mankind, we are introduced to the political players, local persons affected, and relief brought in earnest but severely mismanaged, as well as a plethora of good intentions seemingly gone awry In all truth, there was an effort and attempt to diagnose, understand, and then salvage what could or what was believed to be an ability to salvage for humanity with the P infestans that afflicted the potato with thi [...]


  8. A somber work by the author of The Great Mortality, which was a history of the Black Death The Great Hunger is the subject of this book, a great mortality that afflicted Ireland when the potato crop, the only food for most small Irish farmers, failed again and again, from 1845 to 1852 Kelly takes a very small slice of Irish history really from August of 1845 through black 47, and adds the story of those who fled that year to Canada and to the U.S The book is rich with detail, and it deals with t [...]


  9. Simply devoured this non fiction read in two daysa page turner and scholarly This book was amazingly comprehensive in the impact of the potatoe blight on the Irish and subsequently, the rest of the world My only complaint would have been the lack of how the Irish found themselves in the position they in the first place, that s only because I would have like to read how THIS author wrote it Going to hunt down his previous book about The Plague.


  10. I wanted to like this book I had planned to read it for quite a while but there were many books ahead of it I recall listening to a program on RTE radio which featured Tim Pat Coogan, John Kelly, a descendant of Trevelyan, and another woman author whose name escapes me At the time, Kelly came off as rather conservative on the issue of genocide but I wanted to read what he had to say before passing any judgment I have studied the Famine, written papers on it, and read other books, including The G [...]


  11. Tell me, have you ever wondered why there is such a wide ranging and entrenched Irish diaspora throughout the world Have you ever thought about why there has been great bitterness between England and Ireland in the past Or why the Irish were so determined to achieve national independence through the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence or the Irish Civil War Growing up in Ireland, I often heard vague and quiet references to the Irish Famine of 1845 1851 When you re Irish, its a given that at som [...]


  12. When I added this to my to read list, I realized I knew very little about the Irish potato famine All I really knew was that it inspired many Irish to emigrate to America, where they were discriminated against I wasn t sure if the title the graves are walking would be appropriate I wondered if this book was capitalizing on the overly used zombie fad to get sales I was wrong If you are considering reading this book and are of weak of stomach, this may not be for you The Irish potato famine was th [...]


  13. I think the title of this book is a clear sign that it is not a shiny happy story In fact there is very little good in this book As the author said in the second to last paragraph England has a lot of wonderful moments in history it can be very proud of The Irish Potato Famine is probably one of the periods of history it should be most ashamed of kind of like America s history with slavery John Kelly did an excellent job explaining how the political responses to a crop failure lead to the death [...]


  14. The Irish famine is one of the most tragic and contentious periods in the long and often tragic and contentious history of Anglo Irish relations Talk about the famine still causes controversy and outrage today, than 150 years later and the mass exodus of Irish citizens fleeing the desperate situation at home has had a lasting influence on the populations of Ireland, Britain, Canada and the United States One could quite reasonably argue that the Irish famine went further towards creating the mod [...]


  15. This is a well written, well documented, history of an Gorta M r, the Great Famine, in the middle of the 19th century its causes, the suffering, and the lack of compassion that exacerbated the whole tragedy The potato blight was a Europe wide phenomena, not solely Irish, but in Ireland the potato was the major food source for the majority of the population and so hit there the hardest Once in need, the Irish were met with a combination of mismanagement and hard hearts As the famine worsened in i [...]


  16. This is a history of the potato crop failures in Ireland in 1845 46, the famine that went with those failures, and the additional struggles of the Irish people with disease and emigration during this period It is a well written and well organized history that holds a reader s attention fairly well.I had read about this period before and had heard about it since I was young, as grandparents relayed what they had heard from their grandparents, who spoke in detail of the poverty, disease, and even [...]


  17. Up to date history on the Irish Potato Famine of 1845 55 Not the worst famine that British maladjusted social policy created A famine in India during WWII caused destruction and death but the Irish case was significant in that brought about the Irish diaspora and planted the seeds of one of the earliest resistance to British Empire and would lead to the easter uprising 70 years later In fact, it seemed to be a harbinger of the greater de colonization of the mid twentieth century It is also a le [...]


  18. This took me well over a month to read, which is never a good sign I enjoyed learning about the political part of the Irish Potato Famine but I felt Kelly overdid it I studied history in college so I understand that all historical writing has some sort of bent and I ve read a few accounts of the Irish Potato saga told from a pro agricultural reform side as well, warning against growing just one variety of one crop, in this case potatoes I like reading books from all political views so I can und [...]


  19. This is a well written book about a tragic time As I read about the struggles of the Irish to survive after the blight hit in the 1840s I couldn t help but notice parallels between then and now The English aid response to the situation in Ireland was grossly inadequate and laced with attitudes about non interference by government and handouts encouraging dependence on government Of course, the rich got richer and the poor got poorer as landowners took the opportunity to oust tenants from the lan [...]


  20. This is an excellent explanation of the potato famine and its causes The book doesn t dwell heavily on the actual effects of the famine but the examples given are enough to make you shiver and to make you furious at the English, who apparently used the famine as a method of social engineering The author spends a lot of time on the attempts of the English government to deal with the problem not by feeding the starving, but by trying to wipe out an entire class of Irish small farmers The chronolog [...]


  21. I am loving this book so far, especially the commentary about the politics of the day Absolutely the same as now I ll finish it and get get back withcha I am 2 3 through and John Kelly is now my go to guy for descriptions of the absurdities of politicians and paperwork The Irish Famine is a lesson in extreme conservatism and the subsequent disregard for human life This is happening all over the world NOW, and everybody talks about it and nobody does anything practical More later


  22. A new history of the Irish famine of the 1840 s which decimated the population and started the flood of immigrants out of Ireland Told in chronological order from first person accounts and letters, public records and newspaper articles, the history seems very immediate and alive The narrator s Irish accent on this audiobook only enhanced the whole experience It made me wonder just how my ancestors managed to survive.


  23. I have recently been doing a lot of genealogy research and have been curious in learning about the historical events that my relatives were part of Before reading this book I had very little knowledge of why the potato blight was so bad in Ireland This was a clear, easy to follow narrative that touched on the political, social, economic, religious, and environmental factors that made the blight catastrophic for the Irish people.


  24. If you are keenly interested in the Irish Potato Famine and its effects on the Irish people, this book is essential However, there is a very large caveat to anyone who decides to read this book It is unrelenting, brutal and mind numbingly depressing just as the Famine was to the millions who suffered so horribly in this famine I can t imagine how Kelly made it through the research and writing without losing his sanity.


  25. Very good book What a horrific time, 1 million dead, and 2 million fled Ireland s population reduced by one third As a fourth generation Irish American, this book made me appreciate all that my Irish ancestors went through so that I could be born and raised in America.




  26. John Kelly s The Graves Are Walking The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People first came to my attention when my father sent me a New York Times article about Paul Ryan, Paul Ryan s Irish Amnesia I got all excited when I saw that it was the same author as The Great Mortality An Intimate History of the Black Death the Most Devastating Plague of All Time of all time , which I read back in college and which was absolutely fascinating And then one day, there it was, staring up at me from the [...]


  27. I have been interested in this topic for some time, so when I found it at the local library, I grabbed it It took quite a while to read, as it is heavy on political details I docked it one star because it was so heavy on contemporary politics but skimpy on historical background that it obscured the big picture I suspect the bias of the author is toward government charity redistribution , because it seemed clear that he was blaming the English for one or of the following 1 deliberately starving [...]


  28. If you want to know about the famine that killed a million or people in Ireland in the 1840s and drove people to America and Australia, this is it A sad story caused by a fungus Today, it would be a minor annoyance in the agriculture sector Then, it was life and death not just in Ireland but throughout Europe as well Clearly, the fungus impact was greater in Ireland Worth a read at the end the author sorta runs out of gas but still worth a read


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