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Judging Dev by Diarmaid Ferriter






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Judging Dev by Diarmaid Ferriter
Published by the Royal Irish Academy in 2007

Eamon de Valera has often been characterised as a stern, un-bending, devious and divisive Irish politician. But how valid is this caricature? In Judging Dev, Diarmaid Ferriter re-examines de Valera's life and legacy. Using previously unpublished letters, documents and photographs from the UCD Archives and the National Archives of Ireland, he chronicles the extraordinary career of the most significant politician of modern Irish history and his crucial role in the history of the Irish state.

Engaging, original, provocative and lavishly illustrated, this book is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the public and private worlds of Eamon de Valera.

‘A book of considerable intellectual force and widespread appeal’ Paul Bew, Irish Times
‘Equally invaluable in classroom, in college and in the home’ Bertie Ahern
‘Overall Ferriter’s assessments are superbly fresh, independent and sophisticated’ John A. Murphy, Sunday Independent

Judging Dev was chosen by the public as the winner of the Tubridy Show Listeners' Choice Award and it also won the Argosy Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award and the Eason Irish Published Book of the Year Award.

About the author
Diarmaid Ferriter was born in Dublin. He is a senior lecturer in history at Saint Patrick Cleege, Dublin City University.

By the same author
The Irish Famine: a Documentary
Lovers of Liberty?: Local Government in 20th Century Ireland
The Transformation of Ireland, 1900-2000
What If?: Alternative Views of Twentieth Century Ireland

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