Friday, February 11, 2011

When the Luck of the Irish Ran Out: The World's Most Resilient Country and Its Struggle to Rise Again

Troubles. David Lynch has written a lively account of the bubble and bust of the Celtic tiger in his book, When the Luck of the Irish Ran Out. He covers the politicians and the bankers along with the property developers and the Irish consumers. The key word in the title is “luck;” Lynch makes the point that the Irish had good luck on the way up, and bad luck on the way down. If you haven’t selected your Saint Patrick’s Day reading yet, consider giving this book a try, and lift a pint or two to commiserate with the troubles of the Irish. A short and finely written essay on the same topic comes from Michael Lewis in the March 2011 issue of Vanity Fair titled, “When Irish Eyes Are Crying.” If you like Lewis’ article, chances are good that you’ll enjoy Lynch’s book.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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