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Redmond – A Life Undone - The Definitive Biography of John Redmond the Forgotten Hero of Irish Politics - cover

Redmond – A Life Undone - The Definitive Biography of John Redmond the Forgotten Hero of Irish Politics

Chris Dooley

Publisher: Gill Books

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Dramatic and immersive, Redmond is a provocative reassessment of John Redmond, Home Rule campaigner and one of Ireland’s most brilliant political minds.‘A vivid portrayal of one of the great political campaigns in Irish history.’ Stephen Collins, Political Editor, The Irish TimesRedmond brings to life seven pivotal years in Irish history, when the campaign for Home Rule seized the imagination of a nation and brought Ireland to the brink of a negotiated settlement with Britain. The architect of this campaign was John Redmond, the shrewd and assured leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party.Opening with euphoric scenes on Dublin’s O’Connell St when tens of thousands assembled in support of Home Rule, Redmond charts the Irish Party leader’s path from power broker in the British parliament in 1910, when Home Rule for Ireland seemed a fait accompli, to public enemy by 1917, when, in the wake of World War I, Irish nationalist politics migrated from the parliamentary chamber to the barricade.Redmond succeeds in weaving a complex portrait of a forgotten hero of Irish politics and the personalities – from Churchill to Carson, de Valera to Lloyd George – who aided and, ultimately, frustrated his life’s work.‘At last, a biography that recognises the role played by Redmond in the creation of modern Ireland. Chris Dooley brings the man and his times vividly to life in this excellent account. Full of intelligence and sympathy, it is a book that deserves to be read by anyone who wants to understand how our country came into being.’Fergal Keane, BBC‘A gripping story which skilfully weaves considerable research and telling details to illuminate the story of Redmond and Home Rule.’David McCullagh, RTÉ

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