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Roy Foster is Professor of History and a Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford. In addition to his renowned biography of Yeats and his acclaimed history of modern Ireland, he is the editor of The Oxford History of Ireland. His most recent book is The Irish Story: Telling Tales and Making It Up in Ireland.

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"This deceptively brief volume is an encyclopedic survey of change throughout the national fabric of Ireland -- religious, political and cultural -- over the past three decades."--William Birdthistle, Wall Street Journal

"Luck and the Irish is an occasionally angry, sometimes whimsical, and frequently hilarious account of the Republic of Ireland's ascent from gombeen-land to the happiest place on earth. It is exactly the kind of sharp, affectionate smack across its purring head that the Celtic tiger needed form its
premier historian. In five substantive and elegantly written chapters, which appeal both to those who know nothing and to those who think they know everything, Foster weaves all the various threads into a tapestry of great beauty before ending on the celebratory note that his remarkable take
demands."--Financial Times
"A country that long prided itself on being uniquely oppressed is rich. For 15 years Ireland's economy grew by 7% or more a year and the results show everywhere: as ugly bungalows, seedy politics, polluted rivers, Polish plumbers, and a huge increase in welfare for rich and poor alike. Roy Foster,
grandmaster of Irish history has the courage, and the historian's skill, to tackle all this stuff, make sense of most of it, and entertain his readers too."--The Economist
"This deceptively brief volume is an encyclopedic survey of change throughout the national fabric of Ireland -- religious, political and cultural -- over the past three decades."--William Birdthistle, Wall Street Journal
"Here, Foster sketches the roots of our economic miracle and he charts the collapse of the old sectarian attitudes which had people meekly deferring to the elderly virgins out in Maynooth on the major issues in their lives."--The Irish Independent
"The book originated in a series of lectures and is less a history than an incisive, often witty, report on the development of apoor, hidebound country into a razzle-dazzle consumer society...."--The Boston Globe
"Readers will find "Luck & the Irish" presents an enlightening insight into the new Ireland ("Eire Nua"), a bit apart from the "Bord Failte" old Ireland approach."--atholic News Service

"Luck and the Irish is an occasionally angry, sometimes whimsical, and frequently hilarious account of the Republic of Ireland's ascent from gombeen-land to the happiest place on earth. It is exactly the kind of sharp, affectionate smack across its purring head that the Celtic tiger needed form its premier historian. In five substantive and elegantly written chapters, which appeal both to those who know nothing and to those who think they know everything, Foster weaves all the various threads into a tapestry of great beauty before ending on the celebratory note that his remarkable take demands."--Financial Times
"A country that long prided itself on being uniquely oppressed is rich. For 15 years Ireland's economy grew by 7% or more a year and the results show everywhere: as ugly bungalows, seedy politics, polluted rivers, Polish plumbers, and a huge increase in welfare for rich and poor alike. Roy Foster, grandmaster of Irish history has the courage, and the historian's skill, to tackle all this stuff, make sense of most of it, and entertain his readers too."--The Economist
"This deceptively brief volume is an encyclopedic survey of change throughout the national fabric of Ireland -- religious, political and cultural -- over the past three decades."--William Birdthistle, Wall Street Journal
"Here, Foster sketches the roots of our economic miracle and he charts the collapse of the old sectarian attitudes which had people meekly deferring to the elderly virgins out in Maynooth on the major issues in their lives."--The Irish Independent
"The book originated in a series of lectures and is less a history than an incisive, often witty, report on the development of a poor, hidebound country into a razzle-dazzle consumer society...."--The Boston Globe
"Readers will find "Luck & the Irish" presents an enlightening insight into the new Ireland ("Eire Nua"), a bit apart from the "Bord Failte" old Ireland approach."--atholic News Service

"Foster tells this great story with style, objectivity, and expertise."--Foreign Affairs
"Luck and the Irish is an occasionally angry, sometimes whimsical, and frequently hilarious account of the Republic of Ireland's ascent from gombeen-land to the happiest place on earth. It is exactly the kind of sharp, affectionate smack across its purring head that the Celtic tiger needed form its premier historian. In five substantive and elegantly written chapters, which appeal both to those who know nothing and to those who think they know everything, Foster weaves all the various threads into a tapestry of great beauty before ending on the celebratory note that his remarkable take demands."--Financial Times
"A country that long prided itself on being uniquely oppressed is rich. For 15 years Ireland's economy grew by 7% or more a year and the results show everywhere: as ugly bungalows, seedy politics, polluted rivers, Polish plumbers, and a huge increase in welfare for rich and poor alike. Roy Foster, grandmaster of Irish history has the courage, and the historian's skill, to tackle all this stuff, make sense of most of it, and entertain his readers too."--The Economist
"This deceptively brief volume is an encyclopedic survey of change throughout the national fabric of Ireland -- religious, political and cultural -- over the past three decades."--William Birdthistle, Wall Street Journal
"Here, Foster sketches the roots of our economic miracle and he charts the collapse of the old sectarian attitudes which had people meekly deferring to the elderly virgins out in Maynooth on the major issues in their lives."--The Irish Independent
"The book originated in a series oflectures and is less a history than an incisive, often witty, report on the development of a poor, hidebound country into a razzle-dazzle consumer society...."--The Boston Globe
"Readers will find "Luck & the Irish" presents an enlightening insight into the new Ireland ("Eire Nua"), a bit apart from the "Bord Failte" old Ireland approach."--atholic News Service


"Foster tells this great story with style, objectivity, and expertise."--Foreign Affairs


"Luck and the Irish is an occasionally angry, sometimes whimsical, and frequently hilarious account of the Republic of Ireland's ascent from gombeen-land to the happiest place on earth. It is exactly the kind of sharp, affectionate smack across its purring head that the Celtic tiger needed form its premier historian. In five substantive and elegantly written chapters, which appeal both to those who know nothing and to those who think they know everything, Foster weaves all the various threads into a tapestry of great beauty before ending on the celebratory note that his remarkable take demands."--Financial Times
"A country that long prided itself on being uniquely oppressed is rich. For 15 years Ireland's economy grew by 7% or more a year and the results show everywhere: as ugly bungalows, seedy politics, polluted rivers, Polish plumbers, and a huge increase in welfare for rich and poor alike. Roy Foster, grandmaster of Irish history has the courage, and the historian's skill, to tackle all this stuff, make sense of most of it, and entertain his readers too."--The Economist
"This deceptively brief volume is an encyclopedic survey of change throughout the national fabric of Ireland -- religious, political and cultural -- over the past three decades."--William Birdthistle, Wall Street Journal
"Here, Foster sketches the roots of our economic miracle and he charts the collapse of the old sectarian attitudes which had people meekly deferring to the elderly virgins out in Maynooth on the major issues in their lives."--The Irish Independent
"The book originated in a series of lectures and is less a history than an incisive, often witty, report on the development of a poor, hidebound country into a razzle-dazzle consumer society...."--The Boston Globe
"Readers will find "Luck & the Irish" presents an enlightening insight into the new Ireland ("Eire Nua"), a bit apart from the "Bord Failte" old Ireland approach."--atholic News Service



"Foster tells this great story with style, objectivity, and expertise."--Foreign Affairs
"Luck and the Irish is an occasionally angry, sometimes whimsical, and frequently hilarious account of the Republic of Ireland's ascent from gombeen-land to the happiest place on earth. It is exactly the kind of sharp, affectionate smack across its purring head that the Celtic tiger needed form its premier historian. In five substantive and elegantly written chapters, which appeal both to those who know nothing and to those who think they know everything, Foster weaves all the various threads into a tapestry of great beauty before ending on the celebratory note that his remarkable take demands."--Financial Times
"A country that long prided itself on being uniquely oppressed is rich. For 15 years Ireland's economy grew by 7% or more a year and the results show everywhere: as ugly bungalows, seedy politics, polluted rivers, Polish plumbers, and a huge increase in welfare for rich and poor alike. Roy Foster, grandmaster of Irish history has the courage, and the historian's skill, to tackle all this stuff, make sense of most of it, and entertain his readers too."--The Economist
"This deceptively brief volume is an encyclopedic survey of change throughout the national fabric of Ireland--religious, political and cultural--over the past three decades."--William Birdthistle, Wall Street Journal
"Here, Foster sketches the roots of our economic miracle and he charts the collapse of the old sectarian attitudes which had people meekly deferring to the elderly virgins out in Maynooth on the major issues in their lives."--The Irish Independent
"The book originated in a series of lectures and is less a history than an incisive, often witty, report on the development of a poor, hidebound country into a razzle-dazzle consumer society..."--The Boston Globe
"Readers will find 'Luck & the Irish' presents an enlightening insight into the new Ireland ('Eire Nua'), a bit apart from the 'Bord Failte' old Ireland approach."--atholic News Service

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