Judging Dev: A Reassessment of the Life and Legacy of Eamon de Valera


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Judging Dev: A Reassessment of the Life and Legacy of Eamon de Valera

Eamon de Valera has often been characterised as a stern, unbending, devious and divisive Irish politician. But how valid is this caricature? In Judging Dev, Diarmaid Ferriter re-examines de Valera’s life and legacy. It contains an in-depth analysis of the impact of de Valera and includes many previously unpublished key letters, documents and photographs that chronicle the extraordinary career of the most significant politician of modern Irish history and his role in the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.

Hardback published: 14 October 2007

ISBN: 978-1-904890-28-7

Price: €30/£25stg

Judging Dev was a multimedia project incorporating a ten-part radio documentary series, a book and an online exhibition.

At the 2008 Irish Book Awards the book won - The Argosy Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year; The Eason Irish-Published Book of the Year, and the Tubridy Show Listeners’ Choice Book of the Year. The radio series was presented by Diarmaid Ferriter and broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1. The ten programmes were broadcast in 2007.

They are available as podcasts here.


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