Wednesday 10 June 2020

Book launch: A Further Shore - A memoir of Irish Roots and American Promise

That Further Shore - A Memoir of Irish Roots and American Promise, by John D Feerick, has been published by Fordham University Press.

The 456-page hardback is the memoir of a respected constitutional scholar, dedicated public servant, political reformer, and facilitator of peace in the land of his ancestors

456-pages with 25 illustrations
Beginning with Feerick’s ancestry and early-life experiences, including a detailed genealogical description of Feerick’s Irish ancestors in County Mayo and his quest to identify them and their relationship with one another, the book then presents an evocative survey of the now vanished world of a working-class Irish Catholic neighbourhood in the South Bronx.

Feerick’s account of how he financed his education from elementary school through law school is a moving tribute to the immigrant work ethic that he inherited from his parents and shared with many young Americans of his generation.

The book then traces Feerick’s career as a lawyer and how he gave up a lucrative partnership in a prestigious New York City law firm at an early age to accept the office of dean of the Fordham School of Law at a fraction of his previous income because he felt it was time to give back something to the world.

John Feerick has consistently shown his commitment to the law as a vocation as well as a profession by his efforts to protect the rights of the poor, to enable minorities to achieve their rightful place in American society, and to combat political corruption.

The book is now available from Fordham University Press/ Barnes and Noble/ and Foyles, and other good booksellers. ISBN: 978-0-8232-8735-2. US$34.95 | UK£27.99.