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Sean Lemass: Democratic Dictator
by Bryce Evans
Sean Lemass (1899-1971) enjoys unrivalled acclaim as the 'Architect of Modern Ireland', to Fianna Fail he is a modern icon. What emerges in this groundbreaking study is the real Sean Lemass: an authoritarian, cunning, workaholic patriot; a shrewd political tactician. This is the untold story of a great man and his lasting impact on a nation.
Paperback, 328 pages
Published January 26th 2012 by Collins Press
(first published August 1st 2011)
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This is a very good introduction to the subject of Lemass. As both a medievalist and somebody who isn't particularly fond of Irish history, Dr Evans achieved what very few authors can manage - he kept my attention to the very end (which is an incredible achievement) - because in addition to being informative it was well researched and written (far to many authors sacrifice the latter in favour of the former or vice versa). That being said, Evans' writing style isn't one that I like for my own wo ...more