The Boston Irish: A Political History by Thomas H. O'Connor (Hardback, 1998)

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A solid, if narrow, exploration of the rich intertwining of the Irish and municipal politics in Boston. It created a sincerely religious, politically suspect, romantic, and secretive community. In 1884 publisher Patrick Maguire helped elect Hugh O'Brien, the first Irish-born mayor (who actually governed like a prudent Yankee).