Realities of Irish Life – W. Steuart French.
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Trench (1808-1872) served as a Land Agent for several Irish landlords, experiencing the Great Famine from an opposite perspective than that of the peasantry; he writes vividly but today would be seen at the least as patronizing. One of his conclusions is that murder in Ireland is not based upon passion but is the result of nationalist feelings of revenge; perhaps the author colored his data a bit due to various assassination attempts on his own life. It was a popular book in its time, going to several editions. An important source that is now uncommon to scarce. This is a Very Good copy of the Second Edition that is still bright and clear but has some spotting at the endpapers and does not have a dust jacket.