Guest: Timothy Egan
You may not know who Thomas Francis Meagher is but he led an extraordinary life. During the Great Famine in Ireland in the 1840s, Meagher led an uprising against British rule. It failed and he was banished to a Tasmanian penal colony but he managed to escape to made his way to New York City where he led the Irish Brigade, fighting in some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War — Bull Run, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. This remarkable man is the subject of Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author TIMOTHY EGAN’s new book, The Immortal Irishman: the Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero. Egan comes in to talk to Marty about Meagher and volatile times in which he lived.