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    DescriptionA stirring fictional account of the amazing real-life story of John Riley, an Irishman who led his men to desert the American military during the Mexican-American War, as seen through the eyes of two memorable narrators. It is June 1845, and Paddy Quinn is a camp boy for the American army--which, by order of President Polk, is bound for Mexico. A young man with journalistic aspirations, Paddy writes letters for illiterate soldiers and learns that, like him, many are Irish, including the enigmatic John Riley. Riley rattles camp hierarchy when he rails against the brutal treatment of Irish soldiers, but he soon goes further, sneaking away at night to switch sides. Riley is not alone. Fed up with mistreatment and drawn by a Catholic bond, Irish, German, and other soldiers join Mexico. Led by Riley, a corps of Irishman called the San Patricios--in English, St. Patrick's Battalion--fights for the enemy in the war's major campaigns. But when they are captured, their resolve is tested in the extreme--as are Paddy's loyalties, to his country and to the man he most admires. Alternating between Paddy's account and that of Augustin Juvero, a Mexican soldier, nationally bestselling author James Alexander Thom constructs an enlightening novel about war, duty, and loyalty, and draws intriguing parallels to our current conflict in Iraq in his most powerful and relevant novel since "Follow the River."


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    Title
    Saint Patrick's Battalion
    Subtitle
    A Novel
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Alexander Thom, Narrator William Dufris
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 191 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 68 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781400153039
    ISBN 10: 1400153034
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Abridged Dewey: 813
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC classification: PS
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 69
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 51110
    Ingram Subject Code: JF
    Libri: I-JF
    BISAC V2.8: FIC032000, FIC014000
    Thema V1.0: FJM, FBA
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    15 November 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    James Alexander Thom was a U.S. Marine, a newspaper and magazine editor, and a member of the faculty at the Indiana University Journalism School. His books include "Panther in the Sky," for which he won the prestigious Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Historical Novel. William Dufris has been nominated nine times as a finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award and has garnered tweny-one Earphones Awards from "AudioFile" magazine, which also named him one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century.
    Review quote
    ""I was amazed by your dramatic interpretation of so many stories.... You are a fine reader. I hope many people will hear your rendition of this tale."" ---James Alexander Thom, in a letter to the narrator, William Dufris