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The Maximalist: The Rise and Fall of Tony O’Reilly (Updated Paperback edition)

The Maximalist: The Rise and Fall of Tony O’Reilly (Updated Paperback edition)

Matt Cooper

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An Irish epic, The Maximilist documents in unflinching detail and with great subtlety the meteoric rise and slow unravelling of an Irish icon.

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Tony O’Reilly strode into the twenty-first century an Irishman apart.

Strikingly good-looking, athletically gifted, irresistibly charismatic and phenomenally wealthy, he had everything any man could want. For many, he was a hero, the living embodiment of Irish potential; for others, he was an arrogant and overbearing presence at the heart of power. Without doubt, he was the most powerful unelected Irishman of the past 50 years.

His philosophy was simple: ‘I am a maximalist … I want more of everything.’ But it was never enough. And today, O’Reilly’s empire and the formidable reputation it established lie in tatters.

In this landmark biography, Matt Cooper draws on an abundance of new material, including interviews with many of O’Reilly’s closest family, friends, associates and rivals, to uncover the man behind the myth. An Irish epic, The Maximalist documents in unflinching detail and with great subtlety the meteoric rise and slow unravelling of an Irish icon.

‘Biography of the Year.’ The Sunday Times

‘Biography of the Year.’ Sunday Business Post

‘Well-written and well-timed. Mr O’Reilly — all of him — is all here.’ The Financial Times

‘Exhilarating.’ The Irish Examiner

‘A thorough and dramatic account of a life that encompasses sport, business, media, speculation and family drama.’ The Sunday Independent

‘Brilliantly researched and scrupulously balanced … A compellingly psychological portrait that will surely be the last word on its subject for a long time.’ The Sunday Business Post

‘A discerning and intriguing analysis of both O’Reilly’s ascent to billionaire and his crash to bankruptcy.’ The Irish Mail on Sunday

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Author Matt Cooper
Publisher Gill Books
Publication date 6 May 2016
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9780717171460

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