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De Valera
16 Dec 2015 * EBOOK * £6.99 * 9781784975371

The definitive biography of Irish leader Eamon De Valera.

Non Fiction / HBLW (Modern History)
Extent: 784 pages
Exclusive: GB CA AU NZ IN ZA SG US
On the Blanket
1916: The Mornings After
The Twelve Apostles
The GAA and the War of Independence
Michael Collins
The Troubles
Wherever Green is Worn
Also by Tim Pat Coogan
De Valera: Long Fellow, Long Shadowby Tim Pat Coogan

Eamon de Valera – 'The Long Fellow' – remains a towering presence whose shadow still falls over Irish life. The history of Ireland for much of the twentieth century is the history of de Valera.

From the 1916 Rising, the troubled Treaty negotiations and the Civil War, right through to his retirement after a longer period in power than any other 20th-century leader, Eamon de Valera has both defined and divided Ireland. He was directly responsible for the Irish Constitution, Fianna Fail (the largest Irish political party) and the Irish Press Group. He helped create a political church-state monolith with continuing implications for Northern Ireland, the social role of women, the Irish language and the whole concept of an Irish nation. Many of the challenges he confronted are still troubling the peace of Ireland and of Britain, and some of the problems are his legacy.

Tim Pat Coogan's comprehensive study of this political giant is a major addition to the history of Irish-British relationships.

Tim Pat Coogan is Ireland's best-known historical writer. His 1990 biography of Michael Collins rekindled interest in Collins and his era. He is also the author of The IRA, Long Fellow, Long Shadow, 1916: The Mornings After and The Twelve Apostles.

'Coogan has an ear for a telling phrase, a fund of anecdotes and a truffle-hound's nose for a scoop…' The Independent

'It is impossible to understand Ireland today without reading this unblinking version of the Eamon De Valera story' New York Newsday

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