"brilliant, eminently readable...indispensable for those who want to understand how Ireland went from being one of the poorest countries in the world to one of the richest..." --Boston Globe
Pope's Children: The Irish Economic Triumph and the Rise of Ireland's New Eliteby David McWilliams
Named for the ironic coincidence of the Irish baby boom of the 1970s, which peaked nine months to the day after Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Dublin, The Pope’s Children is both a celebration and bitingly funny portrait of the first generation of the Celtic Tiger—the beneficiaries of the economic miracle that propelled Ireland from centuries of deprivation into a nation that now enjoys one of the highest living standards in the world.
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David McWilliams is a bestselling author and has been a regular on Irish television and radio since his award-winning Agenda current affairs program began in 2000. McWilliams—who also hosts a current affairs talk show, The Big Bite—has interviewed some of the most influential and thought-provoking individuals of our age, from Henry Kissinger and Mikhail Gorbachev to Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton. He has also published a new book in Ireland, The Generation Game. Before moving into writing and broadcasting McWilliams spent ten years in banking, first as an economist with the Irish Central Bank, then in investment banking with UBS—where he was appointed the youngest director ever at the age of twenty-seven.
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