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“A moving historic tribute.” ―New York Post
"An enthralling history of the Irish famine and the United States' first humanitarian project: sending a ship of supplies to help alleviate Irish suffering." ―Shelf Awareness
"An inspiring and resonant story." ―National Catholic Reporter
"Puleo (American Treasures, 2016) makes this history compelling, and tells further American aid stories across the decades through the Berlin Airlift of 1948. Puleo’s deep research is evident in an erudite bibliographic essay." ―Booklist (starred review)
"An uplifting historical account of humanitarianism with lessons in this increasingly isolationist time." ―Kirkus Reviews
"Voyage of Mercy is a fascinating and moving tale of America as we wish it would always be―kind, generous, and humane to people who are in dire need of help, wherever they may live. Puleo is a master storyteller who seamlessly weaves together the personal and the political in this enthralling narrative of the United States' philanthropic and humanitarian roots. In today's fractious and divisive world, this book is a tonic to the soul, and a potent reminder that we are at our best when we follow the 'better angels of our nature'." ―Eric Jay Dolin, author of Black Flags, Blue Waters and Leviathan
"Voyage of Mercy is why we read. It's history as it should be written. It reads like a terrific, page-turning novel, with characters who live and breathe and struggle and yearn, with grand dramatic moments, with settings so vividly described in a world so impeccably researched that you think you're there, with powerful themes that will resonate long after you've finished reading. It's Stephen Puleo's best book and a voyage that every reader should take." ―William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Back Bay and Bound for Gold
About the Author
- ASIN : B07WCJL4H8
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press; Illustrated edition (March 3, 2020)
- Publication date : March 3, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 12008 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 316 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1250200474
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #484,752 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As someone of Irish descent (my mother's side), I have always wondered about the details of the Irish Potato Famine and Irish historical enmity towards the British. I thought the latter was simply caused by the simple fact of British rule for so many years. This book taught me that it goes far deeper than that.
Although impossible to be precise with numbers, it appears well over a million Irish died during the famine while millions emigrated abroad. The lack of British intervention to feed its starving subjects (and provide medical care during disease outbreaks) is simply stunning and almost defies belief. To call it benign neglect is way too generous. To call it murder is perhaps a step too far though closer to the truth. Perhaps the legal term of manslaughter fits better here. To read the actual words of the British cabinet member responsible for Irish affairs is nothing short of shocking in their inhumanity as to what was occurring.
After reading this book, one can easily understand the Irish subsequent zeal for independence and resulting independence. One can also certainly understand (though certainly not necessarily agree with) the Irish decision to remain neutral in WWI and WWII rather than support Britain during those wars. Some Irish did on their own choose to fight with the Allies. It is stunning to read that those doing so against Hitler returned home to ostracism and even state-sanctioned repercussions far worse than our own men and women returning home from Vietnam.
Ireland's continued affection for America is easily explained here as we helped them in their darkest hours. Robert Bennet Forbes, the American hero of this story (along with Irish Father Theobald Mathew), is richly drawn in this account. I could spend paragraphs praising his work and character, but that praise has already been done in other reviews. I was please to see that when Forbes visited Ireland, he went to Blarney Castle in County Cork and per Irish tradition kissed the Blarney Stone, an experience I enjoyed during a semester abroad in 1974. Nice to know we shared the same narrow space (those who have been on their backs in order to kiss the Blarney Stone know what I mean!).
Wonderfully written. At a time when our stature abroad is not at it highest, this episode in American history should inspire all Americans to follow our better angels.
Nerd alert: one final comment. Bibliographies in books, while very important, are usually unhelpful in providing discernment as to the importance of the sources used. The author's bibliographic essay at the end provides a terrific example of what other authors should take the time to do. Well done.
Much credit is due the author in bringing this dark and shameful period in British history to light.
It was difficult to read because of the heart wrenching conditions that the Irish endured. It also was due to the frustration with the British response and some areas of the US. It also in many respect had many parallels to current condition of the United States today.
It was a well written, great read.
I’ve read Voyage of Mercy and Dark Tide. What Ive learned about the events, the people and how these stories shaped our lives today and what we need to continue to learn from the events has been enlightening.
I have two more books ordered.
For the first time ever a nation sent sent another nation food and other supplies which it desperately
needed during a time of upheaval much like the one we are all currently experiencing.