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This groundbreaking study reveals the man behind the myth and asks questions previously skirted around: how did Lemass achieve such power within his party and the Irish State? How much did he owe to the 'martyr' status of his murdered older brother? Did he use his economic powers wisely? How deep did his relationship with bishops and businessmen run? How did Lemass view Ireland's writers, artists and women?
Bryce Evans uses previously unseen archival material to answer these questions. What emerges is the real Seán Lemass: an authoritarian, cunning, workaholic patriot; a shrewd political tactician whose impatience lay not just with the old Ireland, but with democracy itself, at a time when Franco, Mussolini, Hitler and Stalin were in power; whose achievements owe a debt of gratitude to more people than T. K. Whitaker.
This is the untold story of Ireland's Democratic Dictator, and his lasting impact on a nation's imagination.
- Book Format: eBook
- Published: 2011
- ISBN: 9781848899414
- Illustrations note: B&W photos, Line drawings,