For anyone interested in things Irish, Heritage of Ireland: A History of Ireland and Its People would be a perfect present indeed. Not just another coffee table book, this weighty, new celebration of the Emerald Isle spans centuries of conquest, politics, art, and daily life taking readers from the arrival of the Celts to Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance. The photographs, at least one to every page, are stunning, and the fresh format with wide margins and attractive type adds to the general readability. There is no blarney here, just the first-rate effort to be expected from publisher Facts on File.

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