[Cruise O’Brien, To Laugh or To Weep: A Biography of Conor Cruise O’Brien.
[Cruise O'Brien, To Laugh or To Weep: A Biography of Conor Cruise O'Brien.
[Cruise O’Brien, Conor] Jordan, Anthony J. To Laugh or To Weep: A Biography of Conor Cruise O’Brien. Dublin, Blackwater Press, 1994. Octavo. 253 pages. Original Softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear.
Conor Cruise O’Brien (3 November 1917 – 18 December 2008) often nicknamed “The Cruiser”, was an Irish politician, writer, historian and academic. His opinion on the role of Britain in Ireland and in Northern Ireland changed during the 1970s in response to the outbreak of ‘the Troubles’ after 1968. He saw opposing nationalist and unionist traditions as irreconcilable and switched from a nationalist to a unionist view of Irish politics and history. O’Brien’s outlook was always radical and the positions he took were seldom orthodox. He summarised his position as, “I intend to administer an electric shock to the Irish psyche”. Internationally, he opposed in person the African National Congress’s academic boycott of the apartheid regime in South Africa. These views contrasted with those espoused during the 1950s and 1960s. During his career as a civil servant O’Brien worked on the government’s anti-partition campaign. At the 1969 general election, he was elected to Ireland’s parliament as a Labour Party TD for Dublin North-East becoming a Minister from 1973–77. He was also the Labour Party’s Northern Ireland spokesman during those years. He was later known primarily as an author and as a columnist for the Irish Independent. (Wikipedia).
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Jordan, To Laugh or To Weep: A Biography of Conor Cruise O’Brien.