In the U.S. 2000 Census, more than 36 million Americans reported British ancestry. And in the 2006 American community survey 12 percent of the total U.S. population claimed Irish bloodthe second largest self-reporting group. Factor in the abiding interest in the legacies of these islandsfrom landscapes to literature, from rock bands to the intrigue of royaltyand the draw of this beautifully illustrated book becomes apparent.
Robin Currie co-authored National Geographic's Concise History of the World and has edited National Geographic Traveler guides on New York, Hawaii, South Africa, and Greece. His writing has been published by the Smithsonian, McGraw-Hill, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and America Online, where he was senior editor of the AOL homepage. His most recent book, The Letter and the Scroll: What Archaeology Tells Us About the Bible, co-authored with Stephen Hyslop, was published by National Geographic in 2009. He hails from Belfast, Ireland, and now makes his home in Washington, DC.