The memoirs of Terry de Valera whose parents, Eamon and Sinead, were leading figures in 21st century Irish politics....
|Publisher||:||Currach Pr January 10, 2006|
|Number of Pages||:||361 pages|
|File Size||:||669 KB|
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A Memoir Reviews
As the youngest son of the President of Ireland, Terry de Valera experienced first hand the politics and struggles his famous father managed on a daily basis. In this amazing book, the author shares intimate details of Ireland throughout the 20th century. Events leading up to the Easter Rising of
If you know anything about the history of Ireland in the 20th century, you may enjoy reading personal stories about some of the major players. However, critical and objective students of history should be forewarned that much of the book is spent praising Eamon de Valera and his political work, and the author writes with all the hero-worship of a little boy who has yet to see his father as fallible. Additionally, the younger de Valera tries hard to convince the reader that his father was possessed of a great sense of humor; however, the jokes and "amusing" anecdotes in the book just aren't funny. The writing is often stilted and flat, and the reader is treated to such strange statements as "When in Poland, I met many Polish people." The book is saved by the personal look at Sinead de Valera, who maintained a minimal public profile during her husband's political career and whose life story has only rarely been examined.
Terry de Valera, the youngest son of Éamon and Sinéad de Valera, was born a few short weeks before the start of the Irish Civil War in June 1922. This book details his recollections of an interesting life as solicitor, and the people he encountered, but concentrates principally on his memories of his parents. Terry de Valera witnessed some of his father's most important actions in his political life, and was in a perfect position to give details that historians will find most interesting.
I am glad that one of Dev's Sons came forward to write about thier father.The book was excellent, but some things needed more explaining, for example, the criticism that Dorothy Macardle leveled at article 41 in the Irish constiution, what was the true meaning of article 41;I think I know, but I would like to have heard it from Terry. And he also needed to explian what article 41 stated. I am also glad to see that Tim Pat Coogan got some of his facts wrong, this makes his work on deValera suspect. The book is a must read for all who admire Eamon deValera. I am also glad to read more about Sinead deValera, she truely was a remarkable Woman.