Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. WIlliam O''Brien (2 October 1852 25 February 1928) was an Irish nationalist, journalist, agrarian agitator, social revolutionary, politician, party leader, newspaper publisher, author and Member of Parliament (MP.) in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland . HE was particularly associated with the campaigns for land reform in Ireland during the late 19th and early 20th centuries as well as his conciliatory approach to attaining Irish Home Rule. WIlliam O''Brien was born at Bank Place in Mallow, County Cork, as second son of James O''Brien, a solicitor''s clerk, and his wife Kate, the daughter of James Nagle, a local shopkeeper. ON his mother''s side he was descended from the distinguished Norman family of Nagles, long settled in the vicinity of Mallow giving their name to the nearby Nagle Mountains. HE was also linked through his mother with the statesman Edmund Burke''s mother''s family, as well as with the poet Edmund Spencer''s family.