The Irish Americans
Thomas Cahill is a bestselling Irish-American author and scholar whose most recent book, "A Saint on Death Row: The Story of Dominique Green," chronicles the true story of a young Houston man who was executed after eleven years on death row.
This is a departure from Cahill’s Hinges of History series, a seven-volume collection of which he has published five. The series, elaborating on formative moments in Western civilization, includes 1996’s "How the Irish Saved Civilization," 1999’s "The Gifts of the Jews," and 2006’s "Mysteries of the Middle Ages."
Born in New York City and educated at Fordham University, where he earned a B.A. in classical literature and philosophy, Cahill went on to earn his M.F.A. from Columbia University in film and dramatic literature. He studied scripture at New York’s Union Theological Seminary and studied the Hebrew Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he spent two years as a visiting scholar. In 1999, Cahill was awarded an honorary doctorate from Alfred University in New York.
He has written for the Times of London and the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and has taught at Queens College, Fordham, and Seton Hall University. Before retiring to write full time, he served as the Director of Religious Publishing at Doubleday. Cahill and his wife Susan live in New York and Rome.
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