Andrew M(oran) Greeley William L. O'Neill - Essay

William L. O'Neill

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[That Most Distressful Nation: The Taming of the American Irish] will come as a great relief to Irish-Americans (hereinafter known as the Irish), intellectuals especially. To be Irish has not been a handicap for some time, but neither has it seemed to offer many advantages. It is still a common impression, shared frequently by Irish liberals, that the race is notable chiefly for producing drunks, bigots and politicians. How pleasing it is to have Irishman Andrew Greeley, a sociologist (and priest) associated with the National Opinion Research Center in Chicago, tell us that the Irish are affluent, well-educated and politically liberal, and that they even value independence in their children. Greeley's book...

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