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Brian Lenihan: In Calm and Crisis
av Brian Murphy
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Brian Lenihan was Ireland's Minister for Finance at the time of the recent and dramatic political and economic crisis, and he was the linchpin in the rescue package sought by the Irish government. The recollections within this powerful book throw light on Lenihan's political career, from its earliest days to his untimely death in 2011. The book's perceptive and timely contributions arise from those who were directly involved with him at all stages, and it includes those of high-profile public figures and political insiders from all sides of the Irish political spectrum. From the international stage, Christine Lagarde (the managing director of the International Monetary Fund) offers her memories of the man, the crisis, and the challenges they faced together. Brian Lenihan's achievements and how he accomplished them are discussed, such as his work as Minister of State for Children. The book offers a rare insight into his persona and principles throughout his life and career. An unflinching public servant and adept political animal, Lenihan was hugely tested in the wake of Ireland's economic crisis, yet his paramount desire was to work in the best interests of his country. The legacy of that ambition is debated in this unique collection, which highlights his skills as a lawyer, academic, and politician, and describes this fascinating man through those who knew him on a more personal level. (This biography on Brian Lenihan includes a contribution by Jim Flaherty, who was a Canadian Member of Parliament from 2006 until his untimely death in April 2014. He was also a member of the Ontario Legislative Assembly from 1995 to 2005. Additionally, Jim Flaherty had served as the Canadian Federal Minister for Finance, Deputy Premier of Ontario, Minister of Finance of Ontario, as well as Attorney-General of Ontario with responsibility for Native Affairs and Minister of Labour of Ontario.) [Subject: Biography, Irish Studies, Political History]
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