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on 22 October 2000
As previously stated by my summing up I think that this book is a tabloid amongst broadsheets. By this I do not wish to demean the author or the way in which it is written.If anything it is a compliment, as any scholar of Irish history will know some of the books which one will read, apathy can set in. I beleive that this book has been well written enough to keep from the learned fellow , right through to the novice of Irish history engrossed.
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on 29 August 2014
Not a history book so much as a memoir. Enlivened by occasional splashes of colour, gossip and apocrypha. A slim enough read but overall an enjoyable way to get a flavour of the time. However if you are looking for a more disciplined and authoritative account of the history of the time, this is not the book for you.
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on 10 July 2004
This is a nice light account of Tony Gray's experiences of the forties in Dublin working for the Irish Times. The second half of the book drifts into de Valera's experiences more than the author, with a little too much regurgitation of Tim Pat Coogan's two books on the IRA and de Valera.
This book is very Dublin-centric. Not much is beyond the pale.
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