When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland’s Freedom by Christopher Klein

Read by Malcolm Hillgartner, with the recording produced by Random House Audio

Reviewed by Ryan Paul

Christopher Klein recounts how Civil War veterans blustered themselves into believing that kidnapping Canada would impel Britain to free Ireland. Tripping on righteousness, the Fenians, as they called themselves, hallucinated Parliament agreeing to a land swap and getting Ireland out from Britannia’s thumb. Reader Malcolm Hillgartner provides the perfect cadence for a tale of a tragicomic exercise.

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Ryan Paul Winn is a columnist and media critic who’s rarely without an audiobook or his earbuds. When not writing or teaching in the Liberal Studies department at College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wisconsin, he can be found researching overlooked history in local and national archives.