Eamon de Valera: The man who was Ireland
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Eamon de Valera: The man who was Ireland

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In this landmark biography, Irish journalist and historian Tim Pat Coogan explores the remarkable legacy of one of Ireland's most influential political figures-Eamon de Valera. With eloquence, wit, and exacting documentation, Coogan exposes the full spectrum of de Valera's rise and ultimate dominance in Irish politics, and the lasting results of his rule.

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Paperback, 772 pages
Published June 3rd 1999 by Barnes & Noble (first published 1993)
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De Valera is not my favorite but since Coogan wrote the book I gave it 4 stars! Great biography but I am not a fan of the main character!
Jim Gallen
“Eamon DeValera: The Man Who Was Ireland” tells the story of the “The Tall Fellow” whose shadow covered nearly a century of Irish history. Slated for execution during the Easter Uprising of 1916, Dev was saved, possibly by his American birth, to become a leader of the opposition to the treaty that portioned Ireland and gave the southern 26 counties their independence. A rebel during the Civil War, DaVelera returned to parliament where he would always be a leader and often Taoiseach (Prime Minist...more
Paul Long
If you want an exhaustive, detailed, at times overwhelming history of Eamon de Valera and his times, this is the book to come to.

It’s not for the faint of heart. It’s more than 700 pages, with a deep index and bibliography. If you’re unfamiliar with Irish history, it’s not a book you should start with. It took me two years, on and off, to read.

But it did deepen my knowledge of recent Irish history. It's not for the faint of heart or the easily discouraged, but it will add to your understanding o...more
I really enjoyed this book because it spans across Ireland's recent history and gives insights through the eyes of a complex significant man.
I would not say great. But I respect and tip my hat to anyone who kisses his wife good bye leaving home expecting to die for his country.
Bill Manzi
"A great bio of the truly flawed but still monumental Irish figure Eamon De Valera. Coogan comes down on the Collins side of the equation, but the book is a must read, even for those who may have a different view."
It's clear that Coogan warms to the subject of all things Irish. This is an admirably research, well written and thoughtful work, a thoroughly engaging read.
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Interesting but long, hence I've not finished it yet.
Makes a weak man look good.
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Timothy Patrick Coogan is an Irish historical writer, broadcaster and newspaper columnist. He served as editor of the Irish Press newspaper from 1968 to 1987. Today, he is best known for his popular and sometimes controversial books on aspects of modern Irish history, including The IRA, Ireland Since the Rising, On the Blanket, and biographies of Michael Collins and Éamon de Valera.
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