By Matt Cooper
Tony O'Reilly strode into the twenty-first century an Irishman aside. Strikingly handsome, athletically talented, irresistibly charismatic and phenomenally prosperous, he had every thing any guy may perhaps wish. for plenty of, he was once a hero, the residing embodiment of Irish power; for others, he was once an smug and overbearing presence on the center of energy. absolutely, he was once the main robust unelected Irishman of the earlier 50 years.
In this landmark biography, Matt Cooper attracts on an abundance of latest fabric, together with interviews with a lot of O'Reilly's closest relatives, neighbors, affiliates and competitors, to discover the fellow in the back of the parable. An Irish epic, it files in unflinching element and with nice subtlety the meteoric upward thrust and sluggish unravelling of an Irish icon.
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