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Lone Crusader: David Thornley and the Intellectuals

Lone Crusader: David Thornley and the Intellectuals

Edward Thornley

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Edward Thornley’s book is much more than a study of his brother’s career; it is an attempt to rescue him from unjust oblivion and explain how he was effectively the inventor of the so-called peace process – at a time when any move in that direction was not merely frowned upon, but was surpressed by all the forces of the two states in this island.

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A great deal of new matter is revealed in the book, including corruption at the top of the Revenue at the time of the foundation of what is today the Republic of Ireland. From his Introdution Edward Thornley says: ...

'The general view of David’s career was that it was vitiated by the fact that he had too many talents. This I think is nonsense. Einstein could play the violin, but it did not prevent him taking time off from the Patent Office in Zurich to sit in coffee bars and crack the nut of Relativity. The problem with David was that he was too successful too young. I do not know whether any other child under the age of nine has ever won a scholarship in Greek to one of the leading public schools in England, St Paul’s, but I doubt it.

This and his subsequent T.C.D. and television successes gave him the illusion that he was invincible. The largely cloistered life of an academic copper-fastened the illusion. His natural tendency to honesty and plain speaking was also no help whatever when he started to hack his way through the jungle of Irish politics. It is with one man’s struggle, without fear or favour, for elementary human rights that this book is concerned.

EDWARD THORNLEY is a brother of David. He has an honours B.Comm. at U.C.D. with first-class honours in accountancy, and also in economic history. He has a master’s degree in economics at T.C.D. for research in the field of Irish taxation and has written articles on the subject. He is an Incorporated Public Accountant and Associate of the Irish Taxation Institute. He has contributed to tax legislation and holds strong views on tax evasion.

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Author Edward Thornley
Publisher Ashfield Press
Publication date 1 Jan 1970
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781901658798

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