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    Lincoln's Tragic Pragmatism

    John Burt
    John Burt contends that during the 1858 Presedential campaign the very legitimacy of democratic governance was on the line. As they campaigned against each other, both Lincoln and Douglas struggled with how to behave when an ethical conflict as profound as the one over slavery strained the committment upon which democracy depends.
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    Towards Commemoration

    Horne, Madigan (eds)
    Contemporary Ireland, north and south, was founded in the decade 1912-23. From the signing of the Ulster Unionists' Solemn League and Covenant to the partitioning of the country and subsequent civil war in the Irish Free State, a series of events shaped Ireland  for the century to come.
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    Edmund Burke

    Jesse Norman
    A new biography of  the Irishman now claimed by the Conservatives as their founding father. The author sees Edmund Burke as one of the eighteenth century's golden generation, which includes his friends Adam Smith, Samuel Johnson and Edward Gibbon. Burke, it is argued, was a dazzling orator and visionary theorist who is now underrated.
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    Secrets of the Irish Landscape

    Jebb, Crowley (eds)
    This book examines many little understood aspects of the Irish landscape from the last Ice Age until now. Historians, archaeologists, biologists and earth scientists each bring their own perspective on  the landscape and the life it has supported, giving a new understanding of the history of the Irish ecosystem.
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    Dublin's Fallen Hero

    Dennis Kennedy
    Nelson's Pillar, completed in 1809, dominated the centre of Dublin for more than 150 years. It was Dublin's Eiffel Tower, the hub of the city's tram and bus routes. In March 1966 it was blown up by the IRA. The story of the Pillar and why it was destroyed sheds a certain light on the events commemorated in this decade of centenaries
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    A Short Life of Kierkegaard

    Walter Lowrie
    A small insignificant looking intellectual with absurdly long legs, Kierkegaard was a veritable Hans Christian Anderson caricature of a man. A strange combination of witty cosmopolite and melancholy introvert, he spent years writing under a series of fantastical pseudonyms for a seldom appreciative world.He had a tragic love affair with a young girl and was dominated by an unforgettable Old Testament father.
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    The Awkward Squads and Selected Short Stories

    Shan Bullock
    In The Awkward Squads the men of Bilboa meet to prepare for the defence of the cause of Ireland; across the Lough in Fermanagh, the Loyal Lowth Castle Infantry is assembling under their motto "Croppies Lie Down". Then one night the two squads encounter each other.
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    Change in the Wind

    Niall O'Connor
    Carefully crafted poems from a poet who has had time to reflect on life, youth, age, place and change.
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    Ataturk, an Intellectual Biography

    M Sukru Hanioglu
    When Mustafa Kemal Ataturk became first president of Turkey in 1923, he set about transforming his country into a secular republic where nationalism, sancitified by science and the personality cult built around the president, would reign supreme as the new religion.
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    The Philosopher, the Priest and the Painter, A Portrait of Decartes

    Steven Nadler
    This lucid and readable book serves both as a biography and an account of Decartes' philosophy which, more than any other, would become the foundation of modernity.
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    The Unpredictable Species, What Makes Humans Unique

    Philip Lieberman
    In this book Lieberman deals with the nature of Homo Sapiens. He argues that evolution has equipped humans with the most marvellous gift in the animal world - the freedom to be unpredictable.
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    Prague, Capital of the Twentieth Century, a Surrealist History

    Derek Sayer
    This is a brilliantly written and fascinating book that combines elements of the literary guide, biography, history and essay. Authoritative and subversive, Sayer's narrative is intellectually dense and brilliantly accessible.
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    Irish Women's Fiction, From Edgeworth to Enright

    Heather Ingman
    Ingman's book deals with women writers of fiction from the eighteenth century to contemporary times. She treats the circumstances of women's writing lives and the themes on which they wrote.
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    Other People's Diasporas, Negotiating Race in Contemporary Irish and Irish American Culture

    Sinead Moynihan
    Pulls together a wide range of literature, film and popular culture in contemporary Ireland and carefully contextualizes a discourse on immigration, identity and citizenship.
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    Kevin O'Shiel, Tyrone Nationalist and Irish State Builder

    Eda Sagarra
    Draws on the subject's extensive unpublished memoirs to describe the life of a middle class nationalist from Tyrone who was a friend of Collins, who sat as the first judge in the Dail courts, was election agent for Arthur Griffith and who went on to serve the state as Land Commissioner until his retirement in 1963.
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    Odd Couples, Extraordinary Differences Between the Sexes in the Animal Kingdom

    Daphne J Fairbairn
    If you want to find out why adult male elephant seals can weigh more than four times as much as the female or why female blanket octopuses are truly enormous compared to their tiny male partners, this fascinating book is for you.
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    The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916- 1918

    John Borgonovo
    The city of Cork experienced a political odyssey between Easter 1916 and the end of 1918. Irish Republicans evolved from a marginalised group to become undisputed political masters. The First World war created the context for this political transformation in Ireland's third- largest city.
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    Bourgeois Liberty and the Politics of Fear

    Marc Mulholland
    The Bourgeoisie, wrote Heinrich Heine in 1842, was "obsessed by a nightmare apprehension of disaster",an "instinctive dread of communism" sapped bourgeois committment to liberal freedoms. Theirs was a "politics motivated by fear".Over the next 150 years the middle classes were condemned by the left as betrayers of liberty.This book uncovers this remarkable story including the new crusading demand for universal bourgeois liberties which has grown with the collapse of  communism.
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    Eden Halt, an Antrim Memoir

    Ross Skelton
    Ross Skelton's memoir has impressed Roddy Doyle who says: "we read as if memory is being assembled in front of us. That precision, the beautifully executed detail makes Eden Halt a deeply moving memoir"
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    A Middle-Aged Orpheus Looks back at his Life

    Gabriel Fitzmaurice
    Gabriel Fitzmaurice brings us a charming a poignant retrospective on his life through new and selected sonnets.
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