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Jack Lynch: A Biography
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Jack Lynch is one of the most important and perhaps most underrated Irish political leaders of the twentieth century. A sportsman who won six All-Ireland medals in a row with Cork, he was also a civil servant and a barrister before being elected to Dail Eireann in 1948. During his thirty-one years as a parliamentarian, he held the ministries of Education, Industry and Commerce, and Finance before succeeding Sean Lemass as Taoiseach in 1966. Lynch held office during the critical years of the late 1960s and early 1970s when Northern Ireland disintegrated and civil unrest swept through Belfast, Derry and other towns. This precipitated one of the worst crises in the history of the Irish state.

Lynch upheld the parliamentary democratic tradition at great personal and political cost, even to the point of fracturing the unity of his government and his party. If you want to know what happened during those terrible years, read this book.

Praise for the hardback `... staggeringly impressive. A major addition to our knowledge of Lynch' Shane Coleman, The Sunday Tribune

`... wide ranging and balanced assessment. It will remain the standard work on Jack Lynch and his period for a long time to come.' Irish Independent

`This book not only charts the highs and lows of Jack Lynch's entire tenure as Uachtaran Fhianna Fail, it also explores in detail Lynch's early years as well as his life after politics. Dermot Keogh is a historian of renown and accomplishment. He deploys his full range of talents in this impressive biography of a great Taoiseach.' The Irish Times

Dermot Keogh is Professor of History and Jean Monnet Emeritus Professor, at University College Cork. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy, twice a Fulbright Professor, a Research Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC, a Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University, Belfast, and in 2001/2 a Visiting Professor at the European University Institute, Florence. He is the author of Twentieth-Century Ireland in the New Gill History of Ireland series, Jack Lynch, A Biography, Jews in Twentieth-Century Ireland: Refugees, Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust and The Rise of the Irish Working Class: The Dublin Trade Union Movement and Labour Leadership 1890-1914, among other books on Irish history.

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