The bestselling autobiography of Albert Reynolds, former Taoiseach and key player in the Northern Ireland peace process.
Albert Reynolds has led an extraordinary life. Now, for the first time, Ireland's eighth Taoiseach tells his life story – from his childhood and first steps as a young businessman to his action-filled years in the political arena.
In this revelatory autobiography, Albert tells how his dynamic, can-do approach allowed a boy from the village of Roosky, Co. Roscommon, to build a ballroom empire with his brother Jim, to found a multi-million-pound company and to make a profound and lasting contribution to Irish politics.
Albert relives a busy political life, and the Northern Ireland peace process is thrown into dramatic relief with original contributions from other voices such as John Major, Bill Clinton, Martin McGuinness and Archbishop Eames, with eye-opening revelations about secret, behind-the-scenes meetings with key players.
‘Give it as it was; tell it as it is, that is me.’ In his autobiography, he does just that.
“By and large, the critics have been happy, whatever his other faults, to give Reynolds full credit for the first IRA ceasefire of August 1994...Reynolds provides new colour and texture to the story behind that momentous day.”
“Albert Reynolds charges at his life story in much the same way that he used to charge at politics. He tells it briskly, and with more accuracy and objectivity than one normally expects from politicians.”