The Story of St. Brendan the Navigator who allegedly discovered America in A.D. 565.
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 The Irish Americans by Jay P. Dolan
The book starts with the oppression and harsh conditions in Ireland during the early 18th century that sparked the emigration of the Irish to America. This book covers the poverty of the immigrants, their loyalty to one another, their struggles to create a place for themselves in this country despite intense hostility and deep-seated prejudice, and their ultimate success despite all their enemies. Dolan focuses on four major themes that have dominated Irish American history: politics, religion, labor, and nationalism.
5½" x 8¼" 352 pages, index, photos, paperbound
#105 Irish Americans $18.00
   St. Patrick's Secrets - 101 Little-Known Truths and Tales of Ireland
by Helen Walsh Folsom with illustrations by Fergus Lyons
This little book contains the story of the time Brendan and his crew found an island, got off their boat, and built a fire. Suddenly the island started to sink. They were actually standing on top of a whale which plunged into the sea. The monks managed to swim back to their boat. This and other delightful, ironic, and outrageous anecdotes are described, many with whimsical drawings.
5½" x 8½" 150 pages, illustrated, paperbound
#317 St. Patrick's Secrets $12.95

 How the Irish Saved Civilization The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe
by Thomas Cahill
From the fall of the Roman Empire to the rise of Charlemagne–the "dark ages"– learning, scholarship, and culture disappeared from the European continent. The great heritage of western civilization–from the Greek and Roman classics to Jewish and Christian works–would have been utterly lost were it not for the holy men and women unconquered Ireland. It reads like a love story, it sings win the imagination. It connects Celtic legend to Irish history. Celtic lore to Irish politics, and proves the persistence of wild Celtic love and mysticism. For its portrait of St. Patrick alone, this book will resonate in your memory.
6 x 8½" 246 pages, index, hardbound
#106 How the Irish Saved Civilization $27.50

Here are two volumes containing reproductions of Flashbacks cartoons:

 
 A Cartoon of the District of Columbia Flashbacks Volume One Patrick M. Reynolds brings history to life with a sense of humor. His exciting drawings put you on the scene with the conflicts, madness, plus the wheeling and dealing that resulted in the location and construction of the U.S. capital city. This book covers the early history of DC from 1776 to 1863. You'll be surprised at how many cities served as the U.S. capital; you'll be amazed that the city was built--despite all the bickering, petty jealousies, and down-right stupidity.
11¾" x 7½" 106 pages, full color illustrations, index,
paperbound ISBN 0-932514-31-6
#F1 Cartoon History of DC $14.95
  DC Neighborhoods Flashbacks Vol. Two Artist-writer Patrick M. Reynolds takes you to the Washington that tourists seldom see The U.S. capital expanded with the growth of public transportation into such areas as Shepard Park, Takoma Park, Chevy Chase, Kalorama, Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, Capital Hill, LDroit Park, Tenleytown, Brookland, and others. Stories in this book go back to the explorations of Capt. John Smith in the 1600s and the Indian Wars of early Virginia, continuing into the 20th century with the introduction of the cherry trees to Washington and the end of segregation in public schools.
11¾" x 7½" 106 pages, full color illustrations, index, paperbound ISBN 0-932514-31-6
#F2 Cartoon History of DC $14.95

Previous weeks' stories and references: Combat Artists...The Ghost Army of WWII... Artists in War The Limb Maker...Duke Ellington...Ferries Across the Chessie .. Ninian Beall Sequence.....UFOs Over Washington Culpeper of Virginia...The Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918...Indians of the Eastern Shore of MD & VA...Black Confederates... Pirates on the Chesapeake...Ghost stories...Silver Spring MD...Clovers...Hoover Airport...Slavery...President Garfield

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