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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Coogan, Tim Pat, 1935-
Eamon de Valera.
New York : HarperCollins, 
|Named Person:||Éamon De Valera; Éamon De Valera|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Tim Pat Coogan
|Notes:||Originally published: De Valera : long fellow, long shadow. London : Hutchinson, 1993.|
|Description:||xii, 772 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.|
|Other Titles:||De Valera|
|Responsibility:||by Tim Pat Coogan.|
In the days of Ireland's fight for freedom from British rule, when he was an outlaw in his own land, he made a triumphal tour of the United States, and throughout his long rule he would frequently tap a vast reservoir of American support. Yet after a half century in power (the longest reign of any twentieth-century leader), de Valera was probably as much reviled as he was revered. Many see him as the architect of Ireland's perennially perilous economy (the worst in Western Europe). He also helped create a church-state monolith that still overshadows the nation today. De Valera's personality and policies bequeathed to the Irish people their current struggles over women's rights, relations with Northern Ireland, and the high tide of emigration that continues to drain the country of many of its best and brightest citizens.