Éamon de Valera was one of the founding fathers of the Ireland we know today. His involvement in the Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War had a huge impact on the fate of the nation. The only person to become both Taoiseach and President, he was responsible for the creation of the Irish Constitution. He ensured the Irish Free State remained neutral during the Second World War. Admired by some, he was criticised by others for decisions he took and decisions he refused to take. Here the complex story is told in a way that is easy to read. Includes a glossary.