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A Straight Deal

or The Ancient Grudge

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Author: Owen Wister
Language: English
Wordcount: 45,055 / 135 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 793 7552
Genre: Non-fiction

A striking presentation of facts about the British Empire, a plea for a better understanding of the English by Americans and a powerful argument for Anglo-American friendship. Mr. Wister's new book is destined to arouse the same country-wide discussion as did "The Pentecost of Calamity." A book for all Americans, one that no one who prides himself on being a good citizen can afford to ignore.

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d I wish it could be read by every man on our big ship as I know it would change a lot of their attitude toward England. I have argued with lots of them and have shown some of them where they are wrong but the Catholics and descendants of Ireland have a different argument and as my education isn't very great, I know very little about what England did to the Catholics in Ireland."

Ireland I shall discuss later. Ireland is no more our business to-day than the South was England's business in 1861. That the Irish question should defeat an understanding between ourselves and England would be, to quote what a gentleman who is at once a loyal Catholic and a loyal member of the British Government said to me, "wrecking the ship for a ha'pennyworth of tar."

The following is selected from the nays, and was written by a business man. I must not omit to say that the writers of all these letters are strangers to me.

"As one American citizen to another... permit me to give my personal view on your subje



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