Ship of Fools: How Stupidity and Corruption Sank the Celtic Tiger

Fintan O'Toole, Author . Public Affairs $25.95 (230p) ISBN 978-1-58648-881-9

A fascinating and deeply shocking account of the recent financial collapse of Ireland’s economy. Writing in stridently polemical tones, prominent Irish journalist O’Toole (White Savage ) blends strong reportage with perceptive cultural analysis to produce a disturbing account of how politicians, property developers, and business elite, through a mixture of corruption, feckless deregulation, and plain incompetence, reaped enormous financial gain at a cost of billions to the Irish taxpayer. Tracing Ireland’s indulgent attitude toward political corruption and sleaze from the 1970s to the present, the author outlines various financial scandals, including institutionalized tax evasion and the role of unscrupulous and unethical businessmen in the creation of an unsustainable property bubble, the bursting of which has inflicted serious damage on the economy. Occasionally, the author’s rhetorical excesses irritate, and the book’s focus on analysis rather than any chronological development of events may leave some readers confused. The book’s conclusions are highly provocative, however, such as the remarkable suggestion that Catholic Ireland’s obsession with the body as the locus of sin hindered the development of any genuine sense of social morality. An absorbing indictment of unregulated, free-market capitalism. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 01/25/2010
Release date: 03/01/2010
Show other formats
FORMATS
Paperback - 340 pages - 978-1-4587-5859-0
Ebook - 241 pages - 978-1-58648-882-6
Open Ebook - 978-0-571-25872-7
Paperback - 229 pages - 978-0-571-25268-8
Hardcover - 245 pages - 978-0-571-26075-1
Open Ebook - 1 pages - 978-1-282-89819-6
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.