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In this remarkable collection of writings chronicling the author's exploration of his own past, Quinn paints a brilliant new portrait of the Irish-American men and women whose culture and values now play such a central role in all of our identities as Americans.

Review:

"Quinn, author of the acclaimed The Banished Children of Eve, has combined 22 (some never before published) essays in this entertaining and informative volume. The 'Jimmy' in the title is actual plural: James Cagney, the swaggering Irish-American actor, and James J. Walker, the Jazz Age mayor of New York who was born with a song in his heart and larceny in his soul. The two Jimmys came to symbolize the aspirations of the Irish-Catholic American community as it fought to climb socially and economically in America. Quinn has a firm grip on history as he traces the Irish in New York back to before the famine. In a chapter named 'City of God, City of Man,' Quinn examines the parallel lives of Edgar Allan Poe and Archbishop 'Dagger John' Hughes, both of whom came to New York City in the 1830s. The colorful Hughes, the man who built St. Patrick's Cathedral and the supporting Catholic system of hospitals, schools and orphanages, comes across as a no-nonsense man of action with the clout and savvy — and ruthlessness — reminiscent of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins. There are portraits of the Irish as politician, cop, priest, teacher, writer. In this deft examination of America's Irish, Quinn adds color and nostalgia with his tales of growing up and working in the Bronx of another time." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"This exceptionally thoughtful and interesting inquiry into Irish America, Peter Quinn writes, 'is tentative, subjective and personal.' Though it reaches certain broad judgments and conclusions about the Irish American experience, and though it draws heavily on the work of others who have written about that endlessly interesting subject, its primary source is Quinn and his family:

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About the Author

Peter Quinn is the author of the novel Banished Children of Eve (winner of an American Book Award) and previously served as speechwriter for New York governors Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo. A third-generation New Yorker whose granparents were born in Ireland, he is currently Editorial Director for Time Warner and lives in Hastings, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781585678709
Author:
Quinn, Peter
Publisher:
Overlook Press
Author:
Quinn, Peter
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
History
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Emigration & Immigration
Subject:
Irish americans
Subject:
United States Emigration and immigration.
Subject:
US History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B-Hardcover
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 x 1 in 1.03 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Quinn, author of the acclaimed The Banished Children of Eve, has combined 22 (some never before published) essays in this entertaining and informative volume. The 'Jimmy' in the title is actual plural: James Cagney, the swaggering Irish-American actor, and James J. Walker, the Jazz Age mayor of New York who was born with a song in his heart and larceny in his soul. The two Jimmys came to symbolize the aspirations of the Irish-Catholic American community as it fought to climb socially and economically in America. Quinn has a firm grip on history as he traces the Irish in New York back to before the famine. In a chapter named 'City of God, City of Man,' Quinn examines the parallel lives of Edgar Allan Poe and Archbishop 'Dagger John' Hughes, both of whom came to New York City in the 1830s. The colorful Hughes, the man who built St. Patrick's Cathedral and the supporting Catholic system of hospitals, schools and orphanages, comes across as a no-nonsense man of action with the clout and savvy — and ruthlessness — reminiscent of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins. There are portraits of the Irish as politician, cop, priest, teacher, writer. In this deft examination of America's Irish, Quinn adds color and nostalgia with his tales of growing up and working in the Bronx of another time." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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