‘My Father Left Me Ireland’: A book talk with author Michael Brendan Dougherty – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise2nd May 2019
In his evocative new book, “My Father Left Me Ireland: An American Son’s Search for Home” (Sentinel, 2019), Michael Brendan Dougherty shares his experience growing up in America in a fatherless home and his determination to build something better for his children. Mr. Dougherty recounts how, on the way to becoming a father himself, he reconnected with his mother’s Irish nationalism — the rebel songs, the Irish language, and the history of his father’s homeland.
The book shows the appeal of political nationalism to young people who feel marooned at the end of history. And it shows how Ireland’s Easter Rising offers so many lessons for a world in which fathers and nations have been stripped of their traditional role. Please join AEI for a presentation from the author and a discussion of fatherlessness and nationalism.
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