We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
That's a great history book, very worthwhile. Another I would recommend highly is Paddy's Lament, by Thomas Gallagher. It tells the whole story, some of which is referenced in the Wall Street Journal article by Jason L Riley on March 13.
Without deliberately intending to do so, I wore an orange shirt- longhorn orange- on St. Patrick's Day. As my Irish ancestry is Scots-Irish Protestant, the color choice was unintentionally appropriate.
I really enjoyed his concise discussion of the fall of the Roman Empire and the impact it had on civilization. His explanation of how Rome fell was more than I could've hoped for - it cut to the chase.
I am, to this day, always torn when my alma mater, Syracuse, plays on St. Patrick's Day. I HAVE to wear my orange. I do so with great trepidation.