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Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America


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In his first work of nonfiction, bestselling novelist Webb tells the epic story of the Scots-Irish, a people whose lives and world view were dictated by resistance, conflict, and struggle, and who, in turn, profoundly influenced the social, political, and cultural landscape of America from its beginnings through the present day.

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JAMES WEBB is the author of six novels, including Fields of Fire, Lost Soldiers, and The Emperors General. He is also a filmmaker (Rules of Engagement), a world-traveled, Emmy Award-winning journalist, and has taught literature at the university level. One of the most highly decorated Marines of the Vietnam War, he served as Assistant Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Navy during the Reagan Administration. A native of St. Joseph, Missouri, he lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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L Moss, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by L Moss)
If your family origin is from Scotland, Ireland or Appalachia, this easy-to-read history book will fascinate you, humor you and help you understand why you probably don't back down, love travel, are fiercely loyal, work hard and might just be a wee bit stubborn. One of my favorite books of all time.
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starr75, May 5, 2009 (view all comments by starr75)
My comment is that I am doing a paper for my cultural diversity class at Axia Collage at University of Phoenix and one of the assignment questions that I have to answer for this paper is "Do I culturally identify more with the ethnic group that I chose to write about(the Scotch-Irish), with the United States mainstream culture, or both equally?"...Well I was about to answer this question with the response that I culturally identify more with the United States mainstream culture, because I do not know enough about the Scotch-Irish culture to respond otherwise. That is untill I googled Scotch-Irish culture and found a result that led me to this book....The abstract of the result stated how the book explores the Scotch-Irish culture of isolation, hardluck, stubborness, and mistrust of the nation's elite formed and that peeked my interest in exactly how much my Scotch-Irish roots could possibly be the main influence for alot of my personality. I strongly prefere isolation(from pretty much everyone except my husband&children), I am dangerously stubborn(I won't bend nor back down unless there is absolutely no other choice), my whole 33 years on this planet is one hardluck story after another, and I have an intencely extreme mistrust of anyone outside my inner circle(which consists of blue collar-lower class-economically poor friends&family).....I really can't wait to get my hands on the entire book, so that if nothing else, I can learn more about this half of my heritage.
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Webb, James H
Broadway Books
Webb, James H.
Webb, James
United States - General
Social history
Ethnic Studies - General
Ethnic relations
United States Ethnic relations.
Scots-Irish -- United States -- History.
US History-General
history;scots-irish;scotland;ireland;american history;non-fiction;america;usa;sociology;politics;irish;appalachia
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