Envoy Extraordinary: Professor Smiddy of Cork is one of a very few ‘insider accounts’ we possess of a ‘founding father’ of the Irish state who lived through and helped shape key moments of modern Irish history.
Despite his unique role as adviser to Michael Collins, W.T. Cosgrave and Éamon de Valera, and his many achievements over six decades as academic, economist, diplomat, public servant and businessman, Smiddy has remained an elusive figure in documented Irish history. This exhaustively researched biography sets that right.
In shedding light on his life and times, this biography illuminates twentieth-century Irish history – and is a most entertaining read.