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Sean Lemass: Democratic Dictator Paperback – 10 Sep 2011
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'The book uses previously unseen archival material to scrutinise its subject. What emerges is what Dr Evans claims is the real Sean Lemass an authoritarian, cunning, and workaholic patriot and a shrewd political tactician whose impatience lay not just with the old Ireland, but with democracy itself.' --Irish Independent
'Refreshing […] Evans has successfully created a new impression of Lemass.' --Irish Economic and Social History
About the Author
Dr Bryce Evans is a historian based at the Humanities Institute of Ireland, University College Dublin. A graduate of the University of Warwick and the NUI, he teaches modern Irish and European history in the School of History and Archives, UCD. A regular contributor to the Sunday Independent, his doctoral thesis appraised Lemass' Department of Supplies (1939 45) and has appeared in part across various media.
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Naturally the book focuses on Sean Lemass but in doing so I felt it at times would have benefited from looking at the wider picture. De Valera almost appears as a walk on part when surely he and Lemass must have had a close and constant contact over the issues of the day. Maybe it is because Sean Lemass is actually not that interesting that I found this book a little dull. I also found the author's sideswipes at other Lemass biographers a little tedious. Read it if you have an interest in the man or the period otherwise go elsewhere.
'a welcome addition to the canon' Irish Times
`washes all other Lemass biographies into the sea' Bruce Arnold, Irish Independent
`a complex portrait of a man at once ruthless and pragmatic' Dermot Bolger, Sunday Business Post
`a fresh and interesting look at Lemass', Books Ireland
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