<h2>The #1 <i>Irish Times</i> bestseller </h2><p><b>'A clear-eyed, myth-dispelling masterpiece'</b> Marian Keyes</p><p><b>'Sweeping, authoritative and profoundly intelligent'</b> Colm Tóibín, <i>Guardian</i></p><p><b>'With the pace and twists of an enthralling novel and the edge of a fine sword'</b> Diarmaid Ferriter, <i>Irish Times</i></p><p><b>'An enthralling, panoramic book'</b> Patrick Radden Keefe</p><p><b>'A sweeping thesis about Irish identity ... May well be the best thing O'Toole's ever written'</b> <i>Business Post</i></p><p><i>We Don't Know Ourselves</i> is a very personal vision of recent Irish history from the year of O'Toole's birth, 1958, down to the present. Ireland has changed almost out of recognition during those decades, and Fintan O'Toole's life coincides with that arc of transformation. The book is a brilliant interweaving of memories (though this is emphatically not a memoir) and engrossing social and historical narrative.</p><p>This was the era of Eamon de Valera, Jack Lynch, Charles Haughey and John Charles McQuaid, of sectarian civil war in the North and the Pope's triumphant visit in 1979, but also of those who began to speak out against the ruling consensus – feminists, advocates for the rights of children, gay men and women coming out of the shadows. <i>We Don't Know Ourselves</i> is an essential book for anyone who wishes to understand modern Ireland.</p>
<p>Fintan O'Toole's history of Ireland in his own time. Ireland has changed almost out of recognition during the decades since O'Toole's birth in 1958, and this is his very personal vision of recent Irish history.</p>
'A clear-eyed, myth-dispelling masterpiece. Engaging, analytical, insightful, fascinating, this is a hugely important book. Rooting the politics in the personal makes a potentially overwhelming read into a book that reads as easily as a novel'
'While his sweeping, authoritative and profoundly intelligent book sees modern Ireland through the lens of his own life and that of his family, it also offers sharp and brilliant analysis of what form change took when it arrived in Ireland'
Colm Tóibín, Guardian
'Scintillating ... Combines personal with political on a journey to the heart of Irish identity'
'A remarkably original, fluent and absorbing book, with the pace and twists of an enthralling novel and the edge of a fine sword, underpinned by a profound humaneness'
Diarmaid Ferriter, Irish Times
'Our leading public intellectual has written the bible on incorrigible Irish roguery'
'Fintan is now routinely described as 'Ireland's leading public intellectual' ... If we must have a hegemony, the best by a long way is the liberal kind. And to know how it happened here, this is the bible'
'At heart, it's an investigation of the arrival of modernity in Ireland and just how much upheaval it caused'
'Ireland's past is here painted by Fintan O'Toole mainly through villains, victims, eccentrics and scandals'
BBC History Magazine
'An enthralling, panoramic book, a personal history of six decades of Irish life, from one of the foremost chroniclers of contemporary Ireland. With his customary deep erudition and sly wit, O'Toole weaves together an astonishing array of material ... Jostling with anecdotes and arresting statistics, <i>We Don't Know Ourselves</i> is a feast: a deeply absorbing chronicle of the 'known and unknowable' and of the profound transformation of a place'
Patrick Radden Keefe
'A sweeping thesis about Irish identity ... <i>We Don't Know Ourselves</i> may well be the best thing he's ever written'
Sunday Business Post
'A personal and empathetic account of the social upheavals his country has weathered since 1958 ... This is an uplifting, almost playful read, with suggestive analysis lying beneath skilful vignettes'
'An illuminating, provocative and very entertaining look at how Ireland has changed over the author's lifetime, with the massive social, economic and political changes since his birth in 1958 linked to episodes in his own story'
'There's no shirking the stark reality of postwar Ireland, as Fintan O'Toole takes us on a personal journey that mirrors Ireland's seismic shift to modernity ... This book's early chapters are among the best I've read about Ireland in the decades after the Second World War, at once evocative, moving, funny and furious'
'Told in beautiful, crisp prose and enlivened by anecdotes from the front line, <i>We Don't Know Ourselves</i> is the story of that victory – with all its ups and downs. Balanced and fearless, it is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand modern Ireland – or thinks they already do'
'A wonderfully readable account of the Irish State's turbulent coming of age and, to my mind, it is the nearest we will come to making sense of who we are how we got here'
'This is an essential read for anyone who wishes to understand modern Ireland'
The Clare Champion
<p>A personal history of Ireland written by Ireland's leading public intellectual.</p>
<p>Author has written several bestsellers – including HEROIC FAILURE, which has sold over 50k copies.</p>
<p>#1 <i>Irish Times</i> bestseller in hardback, and shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards.</p>
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