Few countries have been as dramatically transformed in
recent years as Ireland. Once a culturally repressed land
shadowed by terrorism and on the brink of economic collapse,
Ireland finally emerged in the late 1990s as the
fastest-growing country in Europe, with the typical citizen
enjoying a higher standard of living than the average Brit.
Just a few years after celebrating their newly-won status
among the world's richest societies, the Irish are now
saddled with a wounded, shrinking economy, soaring
unemployment, and ruined public finances. After so many
centuries of impoverishment, how did the Irish finally get
rich, and how did they then fritter away so much so quickly?
Veteran journalist David J. Lynch offers an insightful,
character-driven narrative of how the Irish boom came to be
and how it went bust. He opens our eyes to a nation's
downfall through the lived experience of individual
citizens: the people responsible for the current crisis as
well as the ordinary men and women enduring it.