My Father Left Me Ireland: An American Son’s Search for Home
Michael Brendan Dougherty
Michael Brendan Dougherty, a senior writer at National Review, has chosen a deeply personal subject for his first book. In My Father Left Me Ireland, the U.S.-born Dougherty pens a series of letters to his father in Ireland, reflecting on his upbringing in a single-family home and his tangled relationship with his Irish roots.
Underlying that personal meditation, however, is a sociopolitical one: about inheritance and identity, nations and families, and the virtue of local attachments in a world that so often privileges individualism.
Tune in this week as Michael joins host Richard Aldous to discuss his acclaimed new book—and learn why he sees virtue in both the revolutionary Patrick Pearse and the conservative Edmund Burke.