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Memoir : my life and themes
O'Brien, Conor Cruise, 1917-2008.
First Cooper Square Press edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Cooper Square Press : Distributed by National Book Network, 2000.

Physical Description:
460 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Originally published: Dublin : Poolbeg, 1998.

Includes index.
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PR6065.B67 Z47 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Known as a diplomat, government minister, historian, biographer, anti-war activist, playwright, editor, political theorist and university president, Conor Cruise O'Brien has brought his unique perspective to such thorny issues as Irish nationalism, Zionism, post-colonial Africa and India and terrorism. In this searching memoir O' Brien traces the forces that have shaped the past eighty years of his own life with clarity, power, passion and tender wit.

Author Notes

Writer and diplomat Conor Cruise O'Brien was born in Dublin, Ireland on November 3, 1917. He studied history at Trinity College and found a job in the civil service. While working as a civil servant, he wrote two books Maria Cross (1952) and Parnell and His Party (1957). As a diplomat, he focused on creating an independent position for Ireland in the United Nations and played a critical role in the United Nations intervention in Congo in 1961. In 1969, he won a seat in Ireland's Parliament. He also was editor in chief of The Observer and was a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic, and The Irish Independent. He wrote numerous books throughout his lifetime including To Katanga and Back, The Great Melody, Memoir: My Life and Themes, and The Long Affair. He died on December 18, 2008 at the age of 91.

(Bowker Author Biography)