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“A left-wing memoir to treasure”–Twentieth Century Communism reviews Helena Sheehan’s “Navigating the Zeitgeist”


Navigating the Zeitgeist: A Story of the Cold War, the New Left, Irish Republicanism, and International Communism
308 pp, $25 pbk, ISBN 978-1-58367-727-8
By Helena Sheehan

Reviewed by Stephen Hopkins (University of Leicester) for Twentieth Century Communism, Issue 17, Autumn 2019

“This book reflects an extraordinary life, but it also illuminates a whole series of political causes that animated the author from the late 1950s until the late 1980s. Much of the interest in Sheehan’s life-story has concentrated upon her journey from being a young nun in Philadelphia in the early 1960s to her joining the ‘Official’ IRA and subsequently the Communist Party of Ireland (CPI) in the 1970s. Her own text, Portrait of a Marxist as a Young Nun (published in the mid-1990s), has helped to focus readers’ attention upon this unusual trajectory. However, this book contains a wealth of material that goes well beyond this specific dimension, fascinating though it undoubtedly is….”

Read the review as online PDF at Twentieth Century Communism

Navigating the Zeitgeist

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