"The Lie of the Land: Irish Identities," by Fintan...

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March 15, 1998|By Kevin Cullen | Kevin Cullen,The Boston Globe

"The Lie of the Land: Irish Identities," by Fintan O'Toole. Verso. 172 pages. $22.

As many readers of his column in the Irish Times will attest, Fintan O'Toole regularly produces some of the most profound journalism in Ireland. Witty, acerbic, and always erudite, his column is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand modern Ireland, warts and all.

Luckily for those Americans who don't have access to his newspaper or its Web site, some of O'Toole's essays have been compiled in "The Lie of the Land." The collection's only glaring weakness is its omission of O'Toole's essay on Tony O'Reilly, longtime CEO of Heinz, one of America's highest-paid executives and founder of the American Ireland Fund. Both kind and cutting, it is O'Toole at his best, and should have been included for an American audience.

Pub Date: 3/15/98

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