DE VALERA IN AMERICA

The Rebel President’s 1919 Campaign.

By
Dave Hannigan
De Valera in America

Reveals an intriguing and largely unknown episode in the career of Ireland’s most famous politician – the incredible journey that would resonate through Irish history for the rest of the century.

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320 pages
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216x138 mm
ISBN:
9781847170866

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Category History, Politics

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Retraces the steps of an incredible journey of a leader in exile that would resonate through Irish history for the rest of the century ...

In June 1919 Eamon de Valera stowed away on a liner bound for New York and walked into the Waldorf-Astoria using the title ‘President of Ireland’. He spent eighteen months billeted in the most expensive hotel in the world. From this luxurious base, de Valera criss-crossed America by plane, boat and train throughout 1919 and 1920, publicising his nation’s plight and raising more than $5 million for the cause of Irish independence.

While the War of Independence raged back home, de Valera was supporting the cause with packed engagements from Madison Square Garden to San Francisco including a total audience of over a million people. Along the way he underwent a harsh and unforgiving political education that better equipped him to dominate Irish politics for decades.

Offering a unique take on a familiar figure, and containing fascinating new information and photographs, this book details an intriguing and largely unknown episode in the career of Ireland’s most famous politician.

Dave Hannigan is a sports columnist with The Sunday Tribune, the Evening Echo and New York’s Irish Echo.

He is the author of three previous books and is also an adjunct professor of history at Suffolk County Community College on Long Island.

This is a scintillating read by a superb writer who knows how to bring a good story to life.

Western People
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