"I do feel for the people. They aren't just statistics," Irish author Tim Pat Coogan told the Sun Sentinel last week, speaking on the victims of the infamous 19th century potato famine. "It's a most significant exercise in extreme brutality, and the mission of a historian is not to propagandize it." The 78-year-old Dublin historian's newest book, "The Famine Plot," takes to task England's anti-Catholic, pro-Protestant government, who "neglected" Ireland's rural population as a blight ravaged their potato crops. Coogan will discuss and sign copies of his book at 8 p.m. Monday at Books and Books (265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables) and Tuesday at Tim Finnegan's Irish Pub (2885 S. Federal Highway Delray Beach). Free. 305-442-4408 or BooksandBooks.com.
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