Conor Cruise O'Brien
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- Two Deaths in Rathmines,
A memory of loss from the distant Dublin childhood of the writer and former diplomat.
- Thomas Jefferson: Radical and Racist,
In the multiracial American future Jefferson will not be thought of as
the Sage of Monticello. His flaws are beyond redemption. The sound you
hear is the crashing of a reputation.
- The Roots of My
Preoccupations, July 1994
In this, his second autobiographical essay, the author tells of his
government career in Catholic Ireland near the end of the Second
World War, of his discovery of the major themes of his intellectual
life, and of the motives that impelled the Irish Prime Minister to pay a
(universally condemned) condolence call on the German legation at
the news of Hitler's death.
- Twentieth-Century Witness: Ireland's
Fissures, and My Family's, January 1994
The author takes us back to the 1916 "Easter Rising" in Dublin to trace the tragic part
his family played in that violent episode. Beneath this dramatic
portrait of a family and a people sundered by politics, however,
O'Brien is ever on the hunt for the lethal mixing of God with country
which has spilled oceans of blood throughout this century of
nationalism and which, from Bosnia to Northern Ireland, still curses
- Why Israel Can't Take
"Bold Steps" for Peace, October 1985
Political reality in the Middle East.
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