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As is clear from this biography Joseph McGarrity remained committed to the causes that he supported throughout his lifetime and could be considered something of a fundamentalist in modern parlance. Devoted to the cause of Irish independence his business ventures failed on three separate occasions, including once when a partner manipulated accounts without his knowledge. He would recover, however, and would continue to send personal funds to Ireland to be used by the IRA. Without his personal capital the arms for the Easter Rising may not have been acquired and he greatly assisted Eamon de Valera’s bond drive in America during the War of Independence. He opposed the Treaty and tried to assist Harry Boland’s ventures to prevent Civil War breaking out but when they did he took the republican side. Subsequently, when Fianna Fáil was formed, he broke with de Valera and continued to favour those who supported physical force republicanism. The book is a very good portrayal of the man and very readable throughout demonstrating his unwavering commitment and consistency to his beliefs.