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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (29 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241966310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241966310
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For all those intrigued by by a small Cavan farmer's son came to be one of the richest men in the world, and then lost it all, Citizen Quinn is a must-read (Sunday Business Post)

Gripping and well-researched ... paints a picture of a man who is delusional about hat has happened and the extent to which he is to blame (Irish Times)

The book chronicles this truly compelling story, and the story of a compelling man (Irish Mail on Sunday)

A gripping story told in language that people without an MBA can follow (Irish Independent)

A great read (Sean O'Rourke RTE Radio One)

About the Author

Gavin Daly is a reporter with the Sunday Times. Ian Kehoe is a reporter with the Sunday Business Post.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lizzie Keys on 4 Dec. 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyed reading this in-depth book about the rise and fall of Sean Quinn
Written by independent writers it tells it as it happened from start to end ad doesn't hold back o what was going on behind closed doors. This story is still on going so looking forward to reading the revised version when the whole case is closed that is if it ever is
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mollydog on 28 Oct. 2013
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This is a great page turning read. Unbelievable how delusional Quinn is. There is certainly another book to come out of this story. It isn't over yet!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr Mc Brien on 6 Nov. 2013
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A book that's hard to leave down until you have finish reading.
Good print and easy to understand.
Good value
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mondo9b on 25 Nov. 2013
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For an honest, unbiased insight into what brought down the Quinn group, this is the book for you. Brilliant book
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T.C. on 10 Oct. 2013
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I ordered this book the moment I saw it advertised in the Sunday paper, and once delivered, I just couldn't put it down. It seems like a very well balanced take on a very difficult story. I must congratulate the authors in doing such a fantastic job on what I gather is their first book, well done guys!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DOPPLEGANGER TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Nov. 2013
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Sean Quinn certainly strutted the run in the Republic of Ireland. Rising from farming stock, he shone as an entrepreneur, first using his farm land as a quarry to supply a fledgling cement manufacturer, which was highly successful, and led to rapid diversification into many other related and non-related manufacturing industries and financial businesses including an insurance company.
Profits flowed from his ventures, although latterly doubt was cast on the accuracy of the accounting practices particularly in his financial services ventures, and The Quinn Group became one of the largest concerns in Ireland, with massive profits, and many employees that, by and large were very grateful for the opportunities Sean Quinn had bestowed on a hitherto somewhat depressed area, he was loved, admired and trusted by most particularly his closely knit family whom he worshiped.

If only he was content to enjoy his creations and the riches they produced for him, but no he wanted even more wealth and turned to the highly dangerous 'casino' type gambling in financial derivatives, using the highly speculative toxic 'Contracts For Difference'(CFD) method whereby for a little initial outlay vast quantities of shares can be contracted for, in his case those of Anglo Irish Bank, who happened to be a substantial lender to his various businesses. If the shares in Anglo for which Quinn held went up in value. which for a short time they did he was quids or should I say Euros in. But alas they didn't and with each fall he was obliged to pay margin calls to his counter-parties, which because of the large quantity of his CFD's and the high percentage of Anglo Irish shares owned, put a huge strain on his resources.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevar Doran Kolodny on 24 Jan. 2014
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This is a fascinating story of rags to riches to rags- of a man whose life and career made headlines and waves around the globe, and whose life and career captured the best of Irish pride and success - until it all unravelled. The book neatly captures the ambivalent moral position of all the key players in the saga- as well as the self-serving claims that the Quinn family has continued to make. You know a biography succeeds in capturing the uncomfortable truth when the subject responds with writs and threats...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eoin costello on 9 Jan. 2014
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Great book well worth the read, a five star book and a credit to the author, well done to him
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