Ireland is a place of mystical, enduring appeal, especially for the many millions of Americans who claim its special heritage, more than one in six according to the last U.S. Census. But Ireland has also become an international place of pilgrimage and discovery for all who venture there.
This unique collaboration between Elizabeth Billups, a Santa-Fe-based photographer and activist, and Gerry Adams, the renowned leader of Sinn Fein, reveals a side of Ireland―and of Gerry Adams―not often portrayed in the guidebooks or magazines or news media. In this special book, the two kindred spirits wander the country together and share a deep love of the land and its people, with Ms. Billups taking gorgeous photographs and sharing her experiences and Mr. Adams contributing additional stories, tales, and facts about his country and his family's history.
While Mr. Adams has written many acclaimed books concerning his political vision for Ireland, until now he has refrained from sharing his affection for his native land. And so, with Ms. Billups, we are able travel to his and her favorite places, the places that, to them, bespeak of Ireland as one island without borders.
Looking at Ms. Billups's beautiful and captivating photographs—and reading her text and Mr. Adams's family stories, personal anecdotes, and relevant historical details, legends, and myths—we come to understand why Ireland is such a special place and why he fought so long and hard to achieve peace for the many generations to come.
** Nominated for a 2015 IPPY Award" from the Independent Publishers Association **
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Ireland: One Island, No Borders is a beautiful collection of 150 photographs of Ireland. A unique collaboration between Irish-American photographer Elizabeth Billups and the Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, it reveals the Ireland not always seen in guidebooks, as well as a side of Adams not usually captured by the media.
With a beautiful map at the beginning of the book, Elizabeth Billups, a renowned photographer, and Gerry Adams, an archivist who loves Ireland, have teamed up to take us on a thrilling trip through the famous and mysterious Green Island. The book is divided into chapters guiding us through each city and section with lovely photos and descriptive and insightful text. If you have ever been to Ireland, you will want this for your coffee table to show friends. If you live in Ireland, you will learn all about the land you love. No one visits Ireland without being infected by its mystery and magic, and this book tells you why.
Breathtakingly beautiful photography throughout truly enhances an deftly written, informed and informative text. The result is an armchair traveler's delight―and one that will make an enduringly popular and highly recommended addition to personal and community library collections.
Ireland: One Island, No Borders presents the country as seen through the eyes of one of its most famous and passionate sons, and an equally passionate American of Irish ancestry.