Judging W.T. Cosgrave: The Foundation of the Irish State, by Michael Laffan
W. T. Cosgrave has been neglected by scholars in comparison with other prominent twentieth-century Irish leaders.
This biography, by a leading Irish historian, uses sources not previously consulted to examine his career as local politician, rebel, minister, head of government for almost ten years, and opposition leader.
In particular, it assesses his role as a state-builder and a key figure in the Irish democratic tradition.